pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
67,596 miles
Total Complaints:
28 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (13 reports)
  2. replace pads, rotors and brake cylinders (10 reports)
  3. replaced brake hose,caliper,pads,rotor (3 reports)
  4. replace both front brake lines (1 reports)
  5. tire size affects abs system (1 reports)
2002 Dodge Dakota brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #8

Jul 062007

(reported on)

Dakota Sport 3.9L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles


The problem actually started at about 20,000 miles with front wheels pulsating during stops. Finally, I experienced a loss in power pulled over and could smell the brakes and hear the sizzling from my overheated brake system. I let them cool down about 20 minutes or so and continued the 4 miles to my home. On the way home my truck was pulling to the right quite a bit.

I called the dealership and they refused to replace anything as brakes are "normal wear items". This really upset me as I don't feel 20,000 miles is normal wear. I went to Advanced Auto and purchased new rotors and pads cost about $120. They lasted about 7 months when my calipers locked up again. This time I replaced both calipers, rotors, and bought ceramic brake pads. Since installing the ceramic pads I have not had any problems at all, except the 'normal' chirping sound in cold weather. These pads are only about $10 more than the semi-metallic, but dissipate heat much more efficiently.

It seems Dodge, possibly other domestic brands as well, uses the cheapest parts they can in order to make as much money as possible. Then when a problem occurs the consumer will gladly pay the dealer to remedy the situation with the same inferior parts, NOT ME. I believe they need to improve the quality of parts and provide better customer service before they fall by the wayside. Toyota and Honda have already established themselves as quality automobile producers and stand by their products. They can charge more for them and consumers are happy to pay extra for a quality automobile.

- , Grove City, OH, USA

problem #7

Jun 202007

(reported on)

Dakota Stl Quad Cab 4.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,500 miles

I'll keep this short, experienced brake lock up front passenger side, had pads, rotors, bearing repacked, and brake fluid flushed and replaced on both fronts $250. 9 weeks later drivers front locked, mechanic replaced drivers side brake line $150(big mistake). 6 weeks later passenger side locked again so I changed mechanics! This one (former dodge tech) had seen the problem several times over and told me that both brake lines should have been replaced, he also told war stories of people trading cars, replacing master cyl, calipers etc. Six months later and the brakes are working great

- , Bostob, MA, USA

problem #6

Apr 082007

(reported on)

Dakota 4x4 3.9L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles

Front right brake locked up about 30 miles from home. Able to drive to get out of traffic. Smoking and hot, (the brake) I had no choice but to try to make it home w/o catching it on fire. About 6 miles later I tapped the brakes to make sure they still worked and I felt it break free. Drove on home. Changed the pads and haven't had any more lock ups but the truck don't like to stop to quick.

- , Nettleton, MS, Afghanistan

problem #5

Mar 142007

(reported on)

Dakota Sport 4.7

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


First incident was brake fade which sent my daughter and I through a busy intersection on a red light at 50MPH. Scary at best. Mechanic found "missing" left front brake pad. Replaced front pads and turned front rotors. Also replaced the rear cylinder seals. Second occurance,(a week later) was driving home from work (appx 7mi)and rt front brake was smoking and glowing red. When I took it to the shop in the morning they found that the outer rotor surface had been hot and caliper actuation was normal and free. Turned the rotor to verify it was not warped and sent me on my way. Brakes feel less adequate and I certainly don' trust them to stop me. Hope I'm still alive to write the next chapter if there is one.

- , Enon, OH, USA

problem #4

Feb 232007

(reported on)

Dakota SXT 4.7L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 41,600 miles

I found this site this morning while trying to see if there was a recall on Brakes locking up. My son came home yesterday and said that his brake calibure was locked up. I just bought this truck 3 weeks ago at a dealership. Now I see from the postings that it could cost me up to $600??? What the H...! He's only 16 and was on the Interstate when it happened. I see there's only 3 complaints on this here, but Dodge has to know there's a problem right? Thank God we have a good mechanic and we'll have to get the truck to him to see what it will take to correct but people's lives are being put in harms way. Is there anything we can do?

- , Debary, FL, USA

problem #3

Feb 162007

(reported on)

Dakota LX 3.9 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,300 miles

Same as mentioned before. First passenger side, vibration and pulling to the right. Flat tire ? Pulled over only to find all tires good but brake disc bright red. Could have BBQ on the wheel. Let cool a while drove home carefully. Next day replaced pads, piston seals and dust boots. Both sides, Bled system. $ 140. cdn. Done ( Right ) Wrong ! Two days later felt a loss in power or so I thought, the brakes were on. Busy road could not pull over, Stopped at lights, Everyone was looking at my truck Smoke and more smoke from both front wheels. Drove a couple of hundred yards pulled over. The heat was burning my legs through the denims. Put the truck in drive and it wouldn't go. Brakes were on hard. Was I ever pissed off. Let cool and drove the last mile home. The following morning drove truck to dodge dealer with no problems. They said it was the master cylinder, so $600 later I drove away. One week later,., k the same s again,. All this at 48000 Km (30,000) miles Screw dodge. I don't know what I am going to do now. Can't keep throwing money at it. I asked Dodge what happened to there so called best warranty ? They said it was on the power train. Not much friggin good if the brakes are jammed on and you can't go anywhere.,,..,,. Makes you want to go buy an import !!.

And Daimler Chrysler are cutting how many jobs ???.,,. FEB 2007.

- , Vancouver, BC, Canada

problem #2

Feb 012007

(reported on)


  • Manual transmission
  • 42,000 miles

I do not know what it is as of yet. Driving along, brakes were applied without me even pressing on them. Took to shop where $300 later they replaced the brake line, caliper, and rotor (heat spots). Two days later, happened again. Now they are trying to replicate that problem, but are having issues. Not exactly sure if it is the same problem, but sounds very similar. I wonder how much it is going to cost me now.

- , Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #1

Sep 052006

(reported on)

Dakota SLT

  • 52,000 miles

Passenger side brakes began overheating. I was in Stop-n-Go morning traffic and the vehicle began to pull hard to the right whenever I would take off. When I would try to stop again the brakes felt "mushy" and had to press the brake pedal extra hard to make the vehicle stop. I suspected a flat front tire but upon inspection I observed light smoke coming from within the right front tire, a smell of burning brakes and plenty of heat emitting from the inner hub area. I assumed it was just from the heavy braking and continued to work. 3 miles down highway when I got to work and pulled into the lot I checked again. It was so hot that it was burning the paint off the wheel! you could feel the heat from 12" away.

I let the vehicle cool and after work drove it 4 miles to a shop. I bled the brake system and the fluid coming out was obviously cooked. The rotor got so hot that it cracked in several places. I didn't want to risk killing a set of rotors so I only replaced the 1.

It seemed to work fine for about a week. I was going on vacation to NE Oklahoma from Central TX. Stop-n-Go evening rush hour traffic through Dallas the vehicle started pulling again and I knew the problem. I managed to make it out of Dallas and into the parking lot of an Autozone. Luckily they had the parts in stock. 2 new Rotors, 2 Brake Cylinders, 1 set of High Quality pads and 2 hrs changing brakes in the parking lot and $200 later, we were back in business.

I have heard complaints about the cylinders not releasing completely but have not heard Daimler Chryslers fix for the problem yet.

If your vehicle starts pulling hard to either direction and/or you smell burning pads, Check quick! I had to repack the bearings, all of the grease had all of the moisture cooked out.

- , Lampasas, TX, USA

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