hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,500 miles

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2002 Dodge Caravan brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Dodge Caravan Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 072005


  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Caravan. The contact stated that he brakes failed to disengage after starting the vehicle. The contact stated that once the vehicle was turned on the brakes made a loud noise and the ABS light illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician was unable to diagnose the problem. However, they replaced the rotor and pads. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 114,000. The VIN number was unavailable.

- Prairie Farm, WI, USA

problem #3

Sep 152008


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Caravan. While braking from 50 mph, the brakes locked without warning. In order to release the brakes, the contact would have to shift the vehicle into reverse. The failure occurred intermittently on several occasions. In addition, the contact stated the brake drums would become extremely hot and turn blue. The dealer advised there was not a failure in the vehicle. The vehicle was then taken to an independent mechanic where he was informed that the brakes were defective and would need to be replaced. The vehicle was serviced with new drums, rotors, and brakes pads. The failure mileage was 45,000 and current mileage was 73,000.

- Eagle, WI, USA

problem #2

Feb 152006

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 65 mph, all of the dashboard lights illuminated then the vehicle would not move. The vehicle was towed to the dealership on a flatbed truck because the tires were locked up. The dealerships diagnostic test determined the transmission went out and needs to be replaced. Also, the brakes will not release while the brake pedal is depressed, this occurs every time, and causes the rims to get hot, causing three blowouts on the front end. The dealership is unable to determine a problem, but the shoes have been replaced 6 times and the rotors were replaced twice.

- Bucyrus, OH, USA

problem #1

Dec 272005

Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles
I heard a "banging" noise while driving on the highway at 50 mph. So I called my dealer to schedule an appt for multiple of reasons and they found the following issues again with my car; my front brakes (shoe pades, rotor's turned) needed to be replaced again since I've had this car and the car only has 45,000 miles on it and previous to that, the dealer replaced the shoe pades again at 19,000 miles?? also at 19,000 miles, the dealer had to replace the "bushings and links" for the front end and again at 45,000 miles two days ago. I am strating to wonder if there is a direct link between the two parts going prematurely. I also had to replace all four tires because due to the wear/tear on them becasue they were unsafe. The dealer won't warrenty them, so I had to buy new set of tires at 19,000 miles. I think the tires worn out prematurely due to all the front end problems that I am having. There also have been a number of "power steering" issues with my vehichle since I purchased it. I believe there has been two recalls on the power steering unit and had the dealer take care of them.(had the car towed because the power steering won't work and it leaked all over my new driveway) I 've had the car back to the dealer 3 times for "power steering" leaking. The latest new was the a "boot" of some sort in the "rack-and-pinion steering" was the cause of the power steering leak and they also found an oil leak on the headcask cover too. After everything was finally finihsed (after 2 days) I picked up the car and drove it home but I am going to bring it back to the dealship because now the car is swaying left/right and the dealership said they did a front end alignement because of all the work they had to due to the vehicle.

- Wakefield, MA, USA

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