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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,810 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2009 Dodge Journey brakes problems

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2009 Dodge Journey Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 182009


  • 30,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Journey. The contact stated that the driver side brake pad detached from the vehicle without warning. The vehicle veered to the left and the contact managed to stop the vehicle with the remaining three brake pads. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence and all four brake pads were replaced. Three months later, the brake pads needed to be replaced again, as well as the rotors. The brake pads were replaced eleven times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or successfully repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 30,000.

- Intersection City, FL, USA

problem #6

Apr 012010

Journey 6-cyl

  • 21,000 miles
Front rotors and front and rear brakes all had to be changed at 21,000 miles and again at 31,000 miles. Now rotors require turning again due to pulsation.

- Lafayette, LA, USA

problem #5

Dec 172009


  • 12,800 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Journey. The contact stated the brakes began grinding prematurely. The vehicle was taken to a local repair facility where the contact was informed that the failure was premature at 12,800 miles. The contact spoke with an authorized service technician who advised the ceramic brake pads on the vehicle were defective and were cutting into the rotors. After inspecting the vehicle, the dealer stated they would replace the front brake pads and shave the rotors at their expense but not for the rear brake pads and rotors. The vehicle was left with the dealer where the contact was awaiting repairs. The VIN was not accepted. The failure mileage was 12,800 and the current mileage 19,800.

- Highland Lakes, NJ, USA

problem #4

May 012009


  • 20,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Journey. While driving approximately 35 mph, the brakes made a grinding noise and failed to stop the vehicle when they were applied. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the brake pads and rotors were replaced at 20,000 miles. A year later, the failure reccurred. The contact called the manufacturer and was told that they would return her call. The failure mileage was approximately 20,000. The current mileage was approximately 50,000.

- Londonderry , NH, USA

problem #3

Jun 142009


  • 98,890 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Journey. While driving at approximately 25 mph, the brakes began to grind. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the rotors were turned and the disc pads replaced. The brakes continued to grind so the vehicle was taken back to the dealership where the rotors were turned and disc pads replaced again. The brakes continued to grind and the contact planned to take the vehicle back to the dealership at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was approximately 98,890.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 052010


  • 19,200 miles
Contact owns a 2009 Dodge Journey. The contact stated the vehicle started to make a metal on metal grinding noise while driving 35mph. She took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the brakes were completely warn down. The dealer had to replace the brakes pads and the rotors. The contact stated the failure happened in just one day, there was no previous noise or warning. The dealer told her that her back brakes needed to be replaced. The failure mileage 19,200. The current mileage was 19,600.

- Portlant, CT, USA

problem #1

Sep 232009


  • 20,780 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Dodge Journey. The contact stated that during routine inspection a technician concluded that the front brake system including the rotors needed to be replaced. He then added that there was only 25 % left on the rear brake pads. He is in the process of having the vehicle repaired. The current and failure mileages were 20,780.

- Branford, CT, USA

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