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Brakes...Again..

Discussion in 'Dodge Journey' started by saltydog, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. ImperialCrown

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    Fresh brakes may smell for a couple of days as grease, wax, etc burns off the pads and rotors.
    Have you tried the parking brake since the new pads? Pulling the lever should adjust the mechanism and hold the vehicle. The p/brake must release as well.
     
  2. saltydog

    saltydog Well-Known Member

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    Yes I have used the parking brake, seems to hold just fine. Will monitor the smell.
     
  3. Doug D

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    I've never used ceramic pads but I have noticed a slight odor from new brake pads after seating them. It usually goes away within a few uses. I don't believe the rotors should get "hot" - warm yes, but not "hot". If they smell "hot", then you may need to recheck your installation or maybe the calipers are "sticking".
     
  4. saltydog

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    The smell is almost not noticible any more! So that's good! And man are they smooth!
     
  5. saltydog

    saltydog Well-Known Member

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    So the saga continues....yesterday while we where driving, we noticed smoke bellowing out of the rear wheels!

    The parking brake had adjusted itself so tight that they where dragging. The pads do not have a dowl to keep the piston from rotating in the wrong direction, Nice!

    So at the moment trying to make this work....
     
  6. saltydog

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    Well my dad and made progress, we where able to bend part of the metal tab and it fit perfectly into the piston slot, so that should keep the piston from rotating.

    Very sick of the brake issues with this car, going tomorrow and look at Caravans.
     
  7. Doug D

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    Just so you know, but the brakes on the '09+ Caravans are basically the same as those on the Journey's..........
     
  8. mastertech10

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    ok my first question for you is did you wind the piston back far enough? ive had some ppl come into my shop after doing the rear brakes on a jc or rt and they either forced the caliper over the pads and obviously it sticks on or ppl wind them back too far and the pedal sinks!!

    just curious dis you clean the shims? or did you get new shims and also did you clean the rust out underneath and grease aswell?

    this is the issue with the brakes they need to be serviced twice a year, are you in canada or a northern state?
     
  9. saltydog

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    Well that's a bummer...
     
  10. saltydog

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    In CA no rust issues. However I did replace the shims and I did clean the caliper and grease everything.

    The brakes are seeming to work ok thus far, but the main issue was that all the pads I looked at did not have the dowl to fit with in the piston to keep it from rotating.
     
  11. saltydog

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    Week has gone by and no issues, sorta happy!
     
  12. saltydog

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    As of today, still no issues so that is great! We shall see how long they last. Took a look at the front and they look new, some should have some life in them.
     
  13. RobC

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    the word is that most rotors for all makes are coming from China
     
  14. Gavin1973

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    They replaced mine at 10k and at around 20k. I told
    Them to call Chrysler and get a fix. They just ended up replacing the calipers for freee I Have gotten around 40k on them now and still looks good.
     
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    They obviously fixed the problem by 2012. My 12 has never had any brake issues despite the numerous complaints about brakes. My Journey has always had plenty of stopping power. I now have 15,000 miles and my pads are not worn a bit either.
     
  16. Ian

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    Brakes on Ford don't last either. Rear brakes are a nightmare. Sticking, seizing and wearing out too fast.
     
  17. saltydog

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    My buddy had a GMC Acadia had a ton of brake issues as well, to me it just wrong! Brakes are somewhat simple, but the manufacture are trying to cut costs, but they should not be doing with brakes.

    My 2012 TC is great, no issues at all.
     
  18. floridaman2013

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    Recently owned 2006 Dkota SLT Sport V8 CC, no issues, 2008 Ram Sport Hemi SC, no issues, 2009 Grand Cherokee, no issues, 2011 Grand Cherokee, no issues, and now 2014 Grand Cherokee, only software issues. My 2010 Nissan Frontier Ext Cab V6 had the rear brakes changed under warranty in 2012 from cold squealing, under TSB. No more problems.
     

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