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shaggy
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9/05/2003
10:09:39

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Hey all,

I guess I'll add to this thread. I just got a 2000 Durango 4x4 SLT with 25K on it...guess what...I got smoking brakes!!! Just driving to work in normal rush hour traffic the first day I owned it and I notice the telltale smell of brake lockup, then came the smoke!!! I really like my vehicle, but I got it at Carmax and can take it back...matter of fact this is my second Durango
,took the other one back cuz it was a 2WD and it sucked on the road. Now I'm trying to decide if I live with this well documented braking problem or move on to a different ride. Thanks all for your comments!



daddio
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9/05/2003
11:50:23

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no thanks, i must be lucky.

bought '00 QC Sport w/ 19k in Jan. got 27k now and brakes are fine. stops on a dime.



mrman
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9/06/2003
11:12:25

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I replaced the stock rotors/pads with powerslot rotors and hawk pads. Major improvement!! Total cost - about $260 but well worth it.



Chief
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10/29/2003
09:52:08

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Just acquired a 00' Dakota Sport with the Magnum V6... Found this site, and couldn't be happier.

I can sing the praises, or find out about my chirping brakes in a one stop shop.

Anyway, I have the chirping brakes, and I now feel that I can get going in the right direction to stop them!

If the lawsuit happens, all I want is the RIGHT set up as well. If someone gets hurt, they/I can take it to court for $$ then.





Dennis
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9/23/2004
13:15:13

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I'm having front rotors replaced on my 2002 Dakota quad cab today at 12,080 mildes by Norris Dodge in Medina Ohio. Total cost around $430. Although this is a well documented and common problem with the Dakota brakes, Dodge/Chrysler is not willing to cover the costs. So what if a vehicle owner has to replace rotors at 12,000 miles - stupid customer -- he bought it, so it's his problem. Why would anybody ever buy another Dodge or Chrysler product? Where is the class action on this.



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9/23/2004
15:05:21

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So what brand will you buy next and what will make this type problem any different? Inquiring minds want to know!



Terry Dalton
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2/10/2016
12:14:59

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I bought my 2001 Dodge Dakota in 2001 with
7k miles on it and was pleased with it
until the brakes started to get hot under
normal use, and it continued to get
worse.Sometimes it was fine for a few
weeks but it kept coming back. So I took
it to the dealer, they checked it and test
drove it and as usual it didn't act up
that day. The prob continued and took it
back a second time, no action was taken.
This was around 12k miles I divided to
replaced the pads and it was fine for 1k
miles then the same. So I again replaced
the pads and rotors my self with a better
brand. All was well for about 5k miles.
And problem cane back, worse than before.
My new pads and rotors were burnt.
I took it back to the dealer but this
time I drove it around until they stuck
and pulled in to the dealer. Told them to
drive it now and verify the problem. Of
course they waited to long and they
cooled, fortunately I took a time/date
stamped pic of them smoking hot when I
first pulled in, I was smoking hot by then
too.
They reluctantly replaced everything from
the booster master cyl, lines pads and
rotors. Worked great for 4-5k miles and
the problem is back and of course the
warranty ran out, so never did get it
fixed.
I think it may be related to the ABS
controller, cause when they start sticking
it pulsates making the front bounce when I
brake. Once they get very hot truck
bounceseven when I'm not breaking.
I've only got 70k miles on this truck, and
rarely drive it because of the prob.I have
put 6 sets of pads and 3 sets of rotors on
it. Thought about buying an expensive
brand name brake kit on it, but if its the
ABS controller it would likely do the
same. Like to keep the truck but its just
not reliable enough to trust more than a
few miles from home. I won't knowingly
sell it to anyone know it has this
problem. Maybe I should trade it back in
where I bought it just to get even with
them.
<b>Anyone heard of anything like this?
I welcome any opinions.</b>



Terry Dalton
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2/10/2016
12:17:54

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Forgot to mention on my lengthy post
above, that my brake light has never came
on.



ROBERT WILLBA
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6/21/2017
01:31:25

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There is a possibility that the caliper piston
are hanging. Back in the day, all the pistons
were machined chrome steel, some with O ring
some with not. Hardly ever heard of overheating
of the brakes unless it was caused by over use
or riding the brake pedal. As a cost saving
measure many caliper manufacturers switched to
fiber based phenolic resin pistons. With age,
and heat,and ware, they will swell in the
caliper cylinder wall and and cause the pad to
drag against the disk or drum. Eventually
these resin based pistons will hang and not
return to their home position to allow
clearance between the rotor and the disk pad.
The dragging brake pad will cause cause heating
and swelling and a lock down of the piston and
pads. Huge heat, smoke and smell. One would
need to shop for steel pistons and caliper
frames. Good Luck



OlManOfTheMtn
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7/05/2017
20:17:52

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I began reading each post on the brake problem until I reached
Muzzie's post and stopped reading as my discovery was almost
identical.
My started about 20,000 miles after NEW purchase of my 2000
Dakota Quad Cab. I'm no mechanic, but I know it's a heavy truck
especially after I had a fiberglas tonneau cover added. After moving
back to the East Tennessee mountains, I soon began warping the
front rotors; and each set after replacing every 9,000 miles. Finally, I
started having it service at a local tire store whose service writer had
been a "dealer" service writer. He suggested that they "turn" the rear
drums as he had seen quite a few from the factory being out of
round. That solved my problem and I haven't had any brake problems
since. To clear up any questions you may have about my driving
habits, etc., I need to point out that my daily driving had been up and
down hills and the problem continued untiL 212,858 on the odometer
when the drums were shaved. I now have 238,785 miles and NO
BRAKE PROBLEMS. I also have my Dakota listed herein FOR SALE.
It's in great looking and good mechanical condition.



OlManOfTheMtn
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7/05/2017
20:34:24

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Except for the typos I couldn't correct after posting, this addendum is
to clear up any questions one may have about my driving habits.
During all those miles of low performance from my front rotors, I was
driving up and down a small mountain road daily causing my rotors to
warp too soon. I knew the truck was heavy, especially after installing
a fiberglas tonneau cover when new. I just couldn't u/s why my rear
brakes were locking up on hard braking! I had even purchased those
high dollar rotors with drilled perforations. I forget the brand but it's
B....? But they didn't perform any better. I now have my truck FOR
SALE. Look for my photos herein elsewhere.



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