Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Elizabeth City N.C.
Vehicle: 04 Dakota QC 4x4 SLT
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If you're replacing brake calipers on your 03+ Dakota...
I learned this the hard way today. Bought new front calipers because one of the old one's was draggin on the rotor and not releasing properly. The new caliper kits came with all that's needed including new caliper mounting brackets (mounts the caliper to the wheel hub) I didn't check to see if the two bolts/slider pins (which attaches the caliper to the hub mounting bracket) were tight because when picking them up out of the box, it all felt like they were put together well, like they sould be.
Not quite... After a few days I started getting this crazy rattling noise in the front end when going over bumps and could feel it through the steering wheel. Had a mechanic check out the front end cause I was thinking it was suspension related, or maybe ball joints going bad. Everything was tight as it should be. They couldn't figure out what it was untill I put my hand on the caliper, and I just about freaked. On the left side caliper, both bolts securing it to the mounting bracket were gone, so it was barely hanging on while bouncing all over the place and even hitting and scratching up the inside of the wheel. The other caliper was missing one bolt, the one remaining was close to falling out.
Got new bolts in their, and TIGHTENED so I'm safe now!
2013 Mustang 3.7 v6. Stock for now.
2004 Dakota CQ 4x4 4.7 *SOLD*
Last edited by Josh_101; 11-06-2010 at 05:25 AM.