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2010 Dodge Journey brakes problems: premature brake and rotor wear

Premature Brake And Rotor Wear

2010 Dodge Journey (Page 1 of 6)

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Dodge dealer.

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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
106,843 miles
Total Complaints:
110 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace with good quality pads and rotors (47 reports)
  2. replace brakes and rotors (18 reports)
  3. not sure (17 reports)
  4. Chrysler extending warranty to 36k miles (8 reports)
  5. Dodge did not pay a penny! (5 reports)
  6. recall brake system (5 reports)
2010 Dodge Journey brakes problems

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2010 Dodge Journey Owner Comments (Page 1 of 6)

problem #110

Aug 112011

Journey SXT 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles


I have had the same problems as most owners of 2009 and 2010 Journey brake system. There is a KNOWN problem that Chrysler failed at their first attempt of a cross-over vehicle. They have admitted to putting insufficient braking systems on these vehicles, yet refuse to fix the problem - stating it's "normal wear and tear". Having to put THREE sets of brake pads AND ROTORS on a vehicle in 5 years (under 60,000 miles) is NOT NORMAL WEAR AND TEAR.

- , King Of Prussia, PA, USA

problem #109

Nov 112015

Journey SXT 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles

I took my car in to Dodge within the first year due to a latter I got from Dodge. When I took it in the dealer "grinded" the rotors and when I asked about the replacing it they said that Dodge told them that they only needed to grind them not replace them and that they were not recalled. I have had my car 5 years and have replaced the brakes twice I have less than 50,000 miles on the car...

- , Gardne City, MI, USA

problem #108

Sep 152015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,212 miles

I have to change brakes and rotors every stinking year ever since I purchased it. My wife is a slow driver and non aggressive...junk

- , Norwich, NY, USA

problem #107

Feb 202015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,840 miles


I bought my 2010 Dodge Journey new after an accident totaled out my previous vehicle. I am a single mom with one vehicle for our family of 4 and thought this would be a good safe vehicle for my family. Quite the opposite! I have spent so much money on this car for repairs, have had 2 recall issues (one of which left me and one of my daughters stranded on the side of the road at night), and have also had to replace the brakes, rotor, caliper, more times than I can remember. The last time was in Feb. and now my car has already recently started shaking again when I apply the brakes. I have only driven about 9,000 miles since replaced last. There has to be a design issue with this vehicle that is causing the brakes to go bad so quickly.

- , Evans, GA, USA

problem #106

Apr 062015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles

Since I purchased this vehicle in 2010, I have had to change the brakes at least 4 or 5 times, that is unheard of! Its either the front or the back every 10,000 miles. I have had other vehicles and only have changed rear brakes maybe once in its lifetime.

- , Temecula, CA, USA

problem #105

Apr 012011

Journey LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,303 miles

Never expected the brakes to be faulty. The rotors in front were warped. The left front. Paperwork says rotors resurfaced. That never happened. I was told I needed front end aligned. Got another opinion from out of state and was told the rotor was warped which was the cause of the shaking when brakes were applied. I will never purchase a Dodge ever.

- , Mobile, AL, USA

problem #104

Jun 082015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,900 miles


I just had my rear brake pads replaced 3 months ago and the rear passenger side brake pad has worn down almost completely but only on the inside of the brake pad.

- , Brooklyn, OH, USA

problem #103

Jan 132015

Journey R/T 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles

I have a 10 Dodge Journey, I am also a ASE certified Mechanic. My wife drives this thing easy. No matter what brand of rotors or pads I use the problem comes back.. The problem I see is, the brakes are not up to par, basically to small for this vehicle.. The rotors should have been at least 1 to 1.5 inches larger in Diameter.

Update from Jul 30, 2015: I Have fixed the problem with the pre-mature wearing brakes and warped rotors.. I upgraded my 2010 journey to 2014 disc brakes, calipers and rotors.. These new rotors are 13 in in dia.. It also went from a single piston caliper to a dual piston calipers.. easy to do..


- , Cottage Hills, IL, USA

problem #102

May 222015

Journey RT 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,727 miles

Car purchased in Sept 2010. In March 2011 received letter from Chrysler on extended 3 and 36000 warranty due to abnormal wear. In Aug 2013 (MILEAGE 25851) Dealer replaced pads and rotors under warranty. Oct 2013 (mileage 28170) same issue developed in rear brakes. Rear rotors were resurfaced at my expense ($216), pads not replaced. May 22, 2015 (mileage 37727) Car again developed front end shake due to uneven wear of rotors. Pads replaced and rotors were cut at my expense ($300).

I have owned Chrysler products since 1970 and I have never experienced such brake wear or rotor issues in any car I have owned. This vehicle is used around town, at low speeds in an area without any hills.

- , Sebastian, USA

problem #101

May 082015

Journey Sports Utility 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,600,000 miles

Overall my truck is great. The only problem I have is the premature brakes and rotor issue which is extremely unsafe and costly.

Update from Jun 4, 2015: O.k here we go again, 5 months ago I had to replace my rotors ,calipers and pads. Now they say I need to replace the same 3 things again and of course I'm concerned about safety 1st, I only have 1 mode of transportation. The mechanic stated the it's definitely a manufacture issue having to do with the quality of the brakes they're using .This is horrible at best we're talking about $ 500.00 at best. This is ridiculous ! And Dodge refuse to acknowledge the problem or even respond to my concerns.

Help !

- , Forest Park, GA, USA

problem #100

Feb 102015

Journey SE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles


Set #5, I almost got 20000 miles on one set of brakes, that would have been a record.

- , Royal Oak, MI, USA

problem #99

Aug 032013

Journey SE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles

48000 miles and now on my fourth set of brakes, This time I had the front brakes done as well.

- , Royal Oak, MI, USA

problem #98

Oct 012012

Journey SE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles

Replaced brakes again, now on to the third set of brakes

- , Royal Oak, MI, USA

problem #97

Oct 012011

Journey SE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles

Worn Rear brakes 18000 miles. Not Covered under warranty

- , Royal Oak, MI, USA

problem #96

Dec 102014

Journey SXT 3.5L V6 Sohc 24v

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

Had new brakes and rotor installed Sept. Now told have 40% left on brakes. ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? Yes, high quality was used.

- , Raytown, MO, USA

problem #95

Oct 172014

Journey SXT 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,951 miles

I AM SO FREAKING OVER THIS ISSUE! Seriously Dodge... recall the car and fix the brakes. This is my one and only vehicle to transport my kids and I school and work. I teach high school English and take my kids to practices and dance recitals. I'm not slam shifting or drifting the car like I'm on a dirt track. There is no reason for a car to need brakes 3 times in less than 3 years. It's not the parts...it's the brake system. The horrible factory parts have been replaced 4 times over and it is still causing issues.

I can't trade the car off because I can't afford to take on a new payment. I will never buy a Dodge again. Burned your bridge with me Chrysler.

- , Burkburnett, TX, USA

problem #94

Jul 162013

Journey SXT 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,356 miles

Oh the joy.... 20K miles and here the problem comes back. Replace front and back brakes and resurface rotor. Previously replaced the rotor because it was warped.

- , Burkburnett, TX, USA

problem #93

Mar 252012

Journey SXT 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,452 miles

Less than 6 months of ownership lead me to the auto repair shop for a costly repair. Front and Back brakes and replacement on the right rear rotor. I was able to buy the parts myself and get it installed at a national repair chain.

- , Burkburnett, TX, USA

problem #92

Oct 182014

Journey SXT 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,600 miles

Took car in for service this morning. Now I'm looking at a $1200 repair. What I was hoping was a simple brake pad replacement has now become a saga. Service tech reports that the parking brake is engaged on the right side and not on the left when the regular brakes are applied.

Recommendation is to replace brake lines, rear calipers, front right rotor and pads all the way around by independent car repair center. Waiting for Dodge dealership service which will take a week to get me in. No car to drive until Dodge submits notice for warranty approval.

Total brake failure.... Slid through a stop sign and into a ditch. Luckily I felt the brakes get spongy and had enough time to at least slow it with putting the parking brake on. Not injured but scared the crap out of me. I hate this car.

- , Burkburnett, TX, USA

problem #91

Aug 012014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles

I bought this car with 6000 miles and the brakes should be fine for longer than this. I would like Dodge to pay for brake pads and rotors.

- , Cuyahoga Falls, OH, USA

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