really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,584 miles

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2009 Dodge Grand Caravan brakes problems

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2009 Dodge Grand Caravan Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #4

Mar 272012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 44,875 miles


Rear brakes are not releasing completely causing the brakes, rotor, bearing, and wheel to become super-heated. Driver's side is the most significant issue. The brakes make a screeching sound, smoke and smell of burnt rubber come from wheels. If water is poured on the wheels, it vaporizes immediately. It does not do this with every trip, but is becoming more frequent. Driver's rear caliper has been replaced twice and brake line once with no improvement. Brakes on driver's side only last 11,000 miles. Have contacted local dealer, but doesn't acknowledge that they've heard of this issue before. I see many examples searching this site and other sites. This is a major safety issue. Vehicle now has 71,000 miles.

- Greenville, IN, USA

problem #3

Feb 242010

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
At approximately 15000 miles the drivers side rear brake pads had worn out to metal to metal contact. The dealer replaced pads and rotors at no charge, now at 33000 miles, again, the drivers side pads are worn (outside pad) to point of needing replaced. The wheel becomes extremely hot due to the brakes dragging. Afraid tire will blow out due to extreme heat melting the bead.

- Oskaloosa, IA, USA

problem #2

Jun 142012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,719 miles
Exited highway (70 mph) then drove 55 mph for 3 miles to our home. Noticed heavy brake burning smell that stayed with me until arrived at home. Noticed smoke coming from driver side rear wheel/brake assembly. Husband(ex-ase master tech) came out to inspect and noticed all other brakes seemed ok in temp but left rear was extremely hot, smoking and rotor was discolored from over heat(black/blue). No metal on metal van was just in less than 1000 miles and dealer replaced front pads, rotors under tsb with $100 deductible. I was told at this time that rears had approx 20% pad left. Way to soon for rear brakes to wear out (before 36K miles?) took van into rochester hills Chrysler Dodge and they stated issue was left rear brake pad stuck in slides causing overheat. They stated that the brake bracket/clip/pads clearance is too tight and doesn't take much corrosion or brake dust collecting to cause sticking pads. I am aware of a new Chrysler brake bracket design for these vans and that they are on national backorder at the time of this report and that the redesign has additional clearance to eliminate this problem. But instead I was charged $174.80 for new pads and turn both rotors. I fear that this issue will happen again and wonder if it will be worse next time (pad/brake fire, brake/wheel lock up or possible loss of control). This is not safe especially on a vehicle that is primarily used to Transport kids, people etc. Lots of families out there with these. Please help! thank you.

- Lake Orion, MI, USA

problem #1

May 312012

Grand Caravan 6-cyl

  • 61,450 miles
Traveling down a street, the esp and traction warning lights came on. Checked the owners manual, it states not to drive over 30 mph when that occurs if the lamps cannot be reset. Reset lamps, lamps came back on, speed was reduced to 30 mph and after traveling a short distance, without touching the brake pedal, the brakes on both front wheels applied and brought the vehicle to a complete stop in the middle of the street in traffic. The brakes would not release until the motor was shut off and restarted. We were not hit by other vehicles, but it could have been very tragic. We were told by the dealer that failure of the steering angle sensor in the steering column will cause the brakes to engage and stop the vehicle. The cost for replacing the failed sensor and realigning the system was $712.45.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

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