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Front brakes dragging

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2001 Dak 4.7 4x4 SLT: I smoked my front driver's side brake with short city driving. It heated up to the point that I could smell it and pulled very hard to the left. This happened to me a year ago, but that time both fronts smoked! I let them cool, and they were fine since.

The previous owner also had brake issues and the dealer replaced rotors, calipers, and pads...seems to be another issue to be happening. Obviously the calipers are not releasing. Would the booster cause this problem?

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'03 Dakota and Durango the the 4 wheel disc brake option have upgraded dual piston front calipers that mount using a normal caliper bracket bolted to spindle, not the caliper bolting to spindle like older single piston set up. And yes, the spindles are a direct bolt on, but you need the whole set up, spindles, calipers/pads, caliper brackets, and the larger rotors. You can also swap in the rear axle with the rear discs as a direct bolt in, but you need to swap the entire axle housing.
but you can still use your baljoints from 99 on this set up right ? or do you also have to change balljoints from a 03 durango . from what i know you dont need to purchase the 03 balljoints is this correct?

many thanks
Ball joints are the same. But would be a good idea to replace them while you are at it if you haven't replaced them recently. If you do a simple search on this forum, there is an entire thread dedicated to this swap and you will see pics from when I did my swap.
Thanks for the info thats what i needed to know :smile:
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