23rd Apr 2003, 15:46
I have a '99 Dodge Durango that has had a brake problem since day one - the Durango won't stop when moving between 5-10 mph and I have to make an urgent stop. The Durango keeps going as if on ice and has resulted in 2 rear-enders and 2 lawsuits.
The dealer has never been able to repair the problem, although they have replaced an ABS sensor.
Has anyone else had a similar problem?
If so, please reply to this forum.
18th May 2003, 07:00
I don't own a dodge durango, but I do own a 1999 dodge ram. Currently I am experiencing the same braking problems. Especially in the rain or wet weather, when I apply the brake it will thunk, jerk, and skid. I have checked the brakes several times and they appear to be fine. Right now my major concern is my engine. The 5.2l is about to give out at 73,000 miles. It is smoking and using oil. Since my last oil change about 1500 miles ago, it has used 2 1/2 quarts of oil. I was thinking about purchasing a durango for my wife and new baby. But now I am beginning to wonder if that is a good idea. Unfortunately, I am in the same boat as a lot of others. I owe 18,000 for the truck and dealers only want to give about 11,000. OUCH!
21st Apr 2004, 18:15
In regards to the Durango, I own a 1998 5.2L Mag SLT. The engine according to the Dodge is blown and needs a new one for 6300.00 US. I basically told them where to go (and not a nice place) got on the net researched TSB. There is a lot of good info out there, you can fix a lot of the problems yourself if out of warranty like I am. Long storry short, I've changed the Plenum pan gasket cost of part 40.00 labor was free cause I did the work. In short if you know there is a problem don't let anyone tell you there isn't!
Aloha From Hawaii.
3rd Feb 2005, 11:26
Thank you for this comment. I currently drive a Honda, with no problems at all. But I was considering buying a Durango for a change, and power, but after reading these comments I have definitly changed my mind. Stick with imports, they last forever!
24th Feb 2005, 07:58
I wrote the post dated Feb. 2004. I disabled my RWAL after losing control of the car on three occasions during a high-speed stop.
The next time it happened, I cam to a fast, sliding, straight and quick stop in control of the vehicle.
The RWAL is a decent idea, but it depends too much on the sensitivity of exposed rotation sensors remaining accurate and stable. Not going to happen on a vehicle driven in all types of weather.
17th Apr 2012, 14:37
Hey, we had the same exact problem and found the answer. It is the valves not opening at the right times under load in the ABS. We flushed the system, changed out some ABS parts, and it was fixed...
Now, however, 2 years later, the calipers are depressing slowly while driving, right up until they begin to smoke and catch fire. We now carry a fire extinguisher, and no one can seem to understand what it is.