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2005 Dodge Caravan V6 brakes

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Oct 7, 2012, 10:22 AM

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2005 Dodge Caravan, 87K miles. We replaced front brake pads and rotors. 600 miles , 6 weeks later, engine light goes on. They do a tune up/change spark plugs. The next day, we got about 7 miles down the road and car began jerking, low acceleration, and an acrid smell on passenger side. They replaced the right brake caliper, pads, rotor and bled system. One week, 250 miles later, again jerking, low acceleration, smell on LEFT side. Car is towed to mechanic on Saturday which is closed. Is any of this related and a result of mistakes made by mechanic, or purely coincidental as they stated when the calipers locked on the right side? When they fixed the right side, shouldn't they have made sure the left side was OK?

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Oct 7, 2012, 10:55 AM

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Without looking at it personally we can't give you a solid answer. Usually calipers are replaced in pairs if one hangs. It is also a good idea to replace the brake hoses and flush the brake fluid.

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Oct 7, 2012, 12:17 PM

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Totally with DS on the brakes. What you do to one you do to the other on same axle unless this is some farm hay wagon. If they froze up enough to smell and felt in power loss that was badly frozen - hose or caliper I'd toss them both. Now how dang hot did rotors get new or not and pads could have fried as well. Playing ping pong with brake parts isn't a great idea even with the low miles on new stuff,


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Oct 7, 2012, 2:21 PM

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I think I'd be very suspicious of brake fluid contamination here.


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Oct 10, 2012, 12:52 PM

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Thanks to all who responded. Shop fixed problem and is not charging us. We have been using this shop for at least 5 years and have always felt they were honest (i.e. have been told we DONT need to have something done)and this was the first time we had a "dispute" with them. By not charging us, we will probably continue to use them.

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