Help please, Brake Problem with 99 Dodge Caravan

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Swatmedic5, Jan 5, 2005.

  1. Swatmedic5

    Swatmedic5 Guest

    I have a 1999 Dodge grand caravan which is excessively using brake

    The pads are lasting about 8-12,000 miles before they are gone on the
    drivers front. I have replaced the caliper on that side also. I am
    using durlast pads from auto zone. I am seeing excessive brake dust on
    the front, but have no pulling or problems stopping. The rotors have
    also been changed.

    The only thing else that comes to mind is excessive use but I have been
    married to wife for 10 years and she is not a "brake hog". Any ideas?

    Also on a side note, where can I get the keepers, little metal locking
    washers that break when you take them off, that hold the rotor on the
    axle? I tried auto zone and no luck there.
    Swatmedic5, Jan 5, 2005
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    Whoever Guest

    You don't need to replace them. They are there to make assembly easier at
    the factory.
    Whoever, Jan 6, 2005
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    aarcuda69062 Guest

    1) make certain that the slides on the knuckle where the pads
    ride are free of rust, cleaned down to bare metal, then lube with
    the appropriate brake grease. Same goes for the bushings and pins.
    2) The rear wheel cylinders have seized up, the fronts are doing
    all the braking.
    3) Don't over fill the master cylinder, the fluid needs somewhere
    to expand to when it gets hot.
    You don't really need to replace them, but I get them at my local
    Ace Hardware, they're in the "Hilman" brand hardware assortment
    drawers. Our Sears hardware has them also
    aarcuda69062, Jan 6, 2005
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    damnnickname Guest

    After market pads? try using a mopar brand, Also if you work in the city
    and are constantly stopping and going, run a paper route? And those clips
    you are refering to are just for assemble line purposes, they keep the
    rotors from falling off as the vehicle moves down the line. But if you are
    concerned about the time length of the pads. I would try a Chrysler set,
    they are about 65 buck if you ask for the Victor Chrysler remans
    Glenn Beasley
    Chrysler Tech
    damnnickname, Jan 6, 2005
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    jdoe Guest

    Try the brake hoses. They can swell inside.
    jdoe, Jan 6, 2005
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    John_F Guest

    Your wheel cylinders are not retracting correctly.
    possible causes:
    1 Stickey wheel cylinder pistons.
    2 valve in master cylinder swelled from contaminated brake fluid.
    3 master cylinder booster push rod miss adjusted which will not allow
    pressure to bleed off.
    4 wrong or contaminated brake fluid.
    5 brake hoses swelled by contaminated fluid.
    6 rust in brake piston bore causing piston to not correctly retract.
    John_F, Jan 11, 2005
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    nitro Guest

    Fix or adjust the rear brakes. Dont need the retaining washer clips.
    nitro, Jan 16, 2005
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