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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,046 miles

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2003 Dodge Grand Caravan brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 202005

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,046 miles


Premature front brake wear, first set of brakes failed at 12,046 miles. The low brake squeelers never made noise and the brakes wore metal to metal into the rotors. I replaced both brakes and rotors my self as they failed on a Friday night just before a 150 mile drive.I now have 33,450 miles and this is the third set of brakes and rotors.I am an ase certified tech. This time I investigated the system and found that the squeeler tabs had broken off from overheating.further the lowercaliper bolts on both sides showed signs of heat discoloration. In looking for the cause I believe it is caused by lack of air flow to the lower portion of the caliper and brakes. Looking at the air flow system to the brakes the air is tunneled via cuts in the bottom of the front skirt and travels between the wheel and the inner plastic wheel well.there is an angled protrusion in the inner wheel well that diverts the air towards the rear of the wheel. It appears the this protrusion is to far back and the air is not flowing over the brakes and caliper. As a note the rear brakes were adjusted and the self adjusters are functioning properly.plese contact me for further information. I have searched tsb's, iatn (sponsoring menber),recalls and complaints. In talking to Chrysler tech's they said this is common and the brakes average 10 to 12 thousand miles.the problem can be duplicated even after new brakes and rotors installed and traveling down an extended steep road with braking. The brakes emit an obvious odor of over heating and the brake pedal fades.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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