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JD
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3/30/2003
02:16:07

Subject: 4x4 Steering Knuckle Woes
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Hi all,

I just Bought a 1995 Dakota 4x4 with a 318 and am going through her to find any hidden surprises. The first is a caliper pin which is stripped out in the steering knuckle (passengers side). I replaced the pin, but it appears that it is the steering knuckle which is stripped. I am currently looking for a replacement steering knuckle...over $400 new, but I don't think I want to helicoil it. Any used ones out there? Is this a common problem on the Dakota's? Or did the PO just use wayyyyyy to much torque? Also, anyone know a good source for slotted or cross drilled rotors for this beast?

Thanks,

JD



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12/06/2009
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RE: 4x4 Steering Knuckle Woes
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I think this is a common problem for this truck we have a 2000 Dodge Dakota and both side are stripped we have had this truck for 6 years and the first time we had to put brake pads on this is what we had found



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12/06/2009
17:13:28

RE: 4x4 Steering Knuckle Woes
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Same prob on my 92 Dak, I decided to plug weld the hole and then
I re-drilled and re-tap. I work in machine shop so its was quite
easy. If you go helicoil, make sure your drill that knuckle out
straight and carefully....



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2/08/2010
17:55:57

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WOW! This must be the mopar problem. My 99 Durango has a striped knuckel. It's just a 2 wheel drive. Starting to lose faith in my ol' dodge's.



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2/08/2010
19:25:04

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I also have a 1995 Dakota, same stripped knuckle woes....



Matt
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1/04/2011
14:30:58

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Yeah i have a 1999 dodge dakota 4x4 and its a sweet truck but im stuck. the caliper pins both stripped out on my passenger side and th part of the knuckle where the caliper rides on has pitts. there is a terrible grinding while im driving down the road. but it stopps when i hit tyhe breaks. Ive been a dodge man my whole life but im soo angry with them.why didnt they recall it?



jeff wooters
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1/09/2011
22:43:22

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same problem on my 92 V8 4x4.(long story)bought new in 92.truck was about 3 months old took it to the stealership because rotors were warped.the idiots replaced my drums and not the rotors.I mentioned that I had told them the problem(bad rotors) when I dropped it off and the dude behind the counter gave me a buntch of attitude saying his mechanics know more than me.I told them I would be back in 3 miutes because the drums were not the problem.road it out of their lot made a u turn took it back.Had more words with them,won't use them right now but you can imagine.I was a little pissed.anyway they replaced the rotors under waranty problem solved. untill I changed my breaks the first time my self.I'm not saying they did it on purpose,but they cross threaded the caliper guide bolt.I took the knuckle to a machine shop had it taper drilled deadset pluged drilled and tapped.lasted untill now I guess I torqued it a little too hard on the last break job cracked the knuuckle were I had it repaired.........Tried to do a quick fix mig welded the crack genntly reassemble but it aint gonna hold .gonna take it easy and hope I make it to work and back till payday...I need a knuckle Who's got one Any help would be appricated...also I am a member but have not been here in so long can't remember my user name.how do I reactivate my old account?



Matt
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1/11/2011
09:41:10

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The best part of it all is that i cant find a steering knuckle for a 99 dodge dakota at any juck yard because everybody is having the same problem as me and when i do find one it is stripped out. or the rails are pitted. I called the dealer and they said it would cost $810.00 for a new one. I can helicoil the the threads but what about the rails that the caliper sets on. Im tired of dodges bullcrap.should i spend the 810 dollars that i dont have and then pray that my ol' faithful dodge transmission dosent fall apart or what?



Frank
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1/18/2011
22:11:05

RE: 4x4 Steering Knuckle Woes
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Same problem here with my 99 Dak Sport 4x4... it seems to
me like they made the knuckles with some substandard
metal. Sounds like I'll have to pull the knuckles on both sides
and pay a visit to my local machinist. (I'm also wondering if
there isn't a way to cut off the existing caliper rails and weld
in new hardened steel ones? Gonna get the machine shop
guys opinion on that.)



Josher
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1/20/2011
20:07:20

RE: 4x4 Steering Knuckle Woes
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The machine shop is my best friend.......

Sandblast throughly around the caliper bolt pin holes on the
knuckles as some welding and machining will be required.

Drill out the caliper bolt pins on the knuckle to a finished
reamed size of 5/8", with a 1/8" chamfer on both sides of the
holes, the chamfer on the knuckle is for welding in a new plug.
For the plug, I used 5/8" 416 stainless round bar, with a 1/8
hole right through the plug, as this will be the true center.
I would then press fit the 5/8" plug into the knuckle. The plug is
TIG welded at the chamfers on both sides of the knuckle using
3333 welding rod.
I also decided to make new caliper bolt pins instead of using the
stock ones. In my opinion, the length of thread on the stock
caliper bolt pin is lacking, so the new thread length will be 1/2"
longer instead of the stock 1/4".
I used 1/2" 416 stainless round bar for the caliper bolts pins.
Its a lot of work, and costs a few dollars.
But its a DODGE and its well worth it!!!










Ross
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2/10/2011
22:15:49

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After pulling the passenger side tire I though I
forgot to tighten the bottom caliper bolt pin. Nope,
just striped itself out, warped the rotor, destroyed
a new set of pads, and melted the threads on both
bolt pins. Now to try and find a usable knuckle or a
good machine shop.



justin
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4/16/2011
13:49:17

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got a 00 dak and the same thing happened, knuckle was stripped, so i went to my local repair place and they gave me an oversized caliper pins. Something that chrysler came up with as a fix. works great on my truck.



dakotaguy80
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9/24/2011
20:16:38

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anybody have a link to any 92-96 4x4 spindles/knuckles? i need a passenger side for a 95 asap



bummn
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11/08/2011
09:56:55

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Had oversized pins now they stripped. dealer price 700 a piece for knuckle. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO



coondog
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12/30/2011
19:25:49

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2000 dodge dakota both sides with at least one bad theaded hole, i thought i was the only one,just found a rightside knuckle,85.00 but they do make a pin that has a tap and thread on the one end,i paid 35.00 for it,I now look forward to installing that rightside knuckle should take about a hour



Joe Bruce
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5/21/2012
12:11:43

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I just recently bought a 99 dakota the 3rd dakota
for me and this seems to be a common problem for
this model of truck my trucks ranged from 93 to 99
and they all had the same knuckle problem same side
even .



jamie
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10/12/2012
19:55:47

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they make a oversized caliber bolt that makes its own new threads in the
knuckle



Bill H.
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10/15/2012
15:22:45

RE: 4x4 Steering Knuckle Woes
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Who makes them and where can they be bought? TIA



J. Davis
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11/03/2012
16:19:26

RE: 4x4 Steering Knuckle Woes
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Need steering knuckle for a 2000 dogde dakota sport V6



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2/18/2013
12:40:49

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my son has a 1999 with the same problem they sell oversized self taping bolts for this problem. look on internet.. they do work!



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