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    Rear Brakes - 2011 Grand Caravan

    How many of you have submitted your expenses to Chrysler for reimbursement?

    Our van is less than 2 years old, about 40,000km and the rear brakes are done.

    Was hoping that we had gotten the "fixed" rear brakes, considering our June 2011 build date.

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    Sorry, can't help you, but am interested in the outcome.

    I had both rear calipers/pads/rotors replaced on my '08 T&C LX 3.3L. It was a while back, maybe in 2010, and at low mileage. "Not covered by warranty" and over $700 as I recall. Now the van is sometimes whistling from the rear again, just like the last brake defect. It sounds like the hub bearing is gone, and maybe it is this time, but it is deceptive because it turned out to be the brakes. I left it alone for a while the first time, waiting for it to be repeatable so the dealer could hear it. Last summer I told the dealer the van is whistling from the rear again and they checked the rear brakes and said they were ok.

    I wonder if the replacement rear brakes have the same defect as the originals

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    I called Chrysler and was given a case number, and they will supposedly be calling me back within the next day or so.

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    The extended warranty was on the front from what I remember. It can't hurt to try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gsmagnum View Post
    The extended warranty was on the front from what I remember. It can't hurt to try.
    The fronts have an "estimated" 50% left. It was around 3 years and 50,000km when we had to do front brakes on our last van, so I don't have a problem with them. They are a wear item unfortunately.

    The issue here is that these vans seem to be rear-biased for braking, so the rear brakes do most of the braking. However, there is obviously something wrong as they are willing to replace the calipers under warranty on the rear...

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    2011 rear brakes binded at 40,000 KM

    Rear brakes started to grind goind down the back roads last year.
    Smoke were comming out of them. Discs turned blue.

    Dealer replaced pads and rotors for free.
    I asked if it was a caliper problem and asked them to replace those too.
    They said no. The explanation I received was unclear.

    Should these rear brakes be serviced every year ?

    I can't wait for it to happen again.....

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    I got a call back today from a very nice rep.

    The rep said that they discussed it with the service manager at my dealer, and we should get close to 10,000km out of the rear brakes still. Apparently the average life for rear brakes is less than 38,000km. But she said to keep them posted.

    She did say that a lot of dealers in this area recommend the brake services every 1-1.5 years because of the salt and junk on the roads here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UN4GTBL View Post
    Apparently the average life for rear brakes is less than 38,000km.
    I don't think I have ever got less than 100K miles out of rear brakes, be they disk or drum, and that includes my '99 Grand Caravan. The only exception is my '08 T&C, but the caliper stuck, so who knows what the life of non defective rear brakes would have been. 38K km, if true, is a really underspecified design

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    Quote Originally Posted by kallsop View Post
    I don't think I have ever got less than 100K miles out of rear brakes, be they disk or drum, and that includes my '99 Grand Caravan. The only exception is my '08 T&C, but the caliper stuck, so who knows what the life of non defective rear brakes would have been. 38K km, if true, is a really underspecified design
    Drum brakes should go for a really long time.

    38k for brakes is ridiculous IMO, and WAY TOO SHORT

    These vans do most of their braking with the rear brakes, so I understand that they will go before the fronts will, but the fronts are at an estimated 40-50% as well. The front brake usage is normal to me (but that is with a front biased braking setup)

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    Quote Originally Posted by UN4GTBL View Post
    I got a call back today from a very nice rep.

    The rep said that they discussed it with the service manager at my dealer, and we should get close to 10,000km out of the rear brakes still. Apparently the average life for rear brakes is less than 38,000km. But she said to keep them posted.

    She did say that a lot of dealers in this area recommend the brake services every 1-1.5 years because of the salt and junk on the roads here.
    salt and junk on the roads here. really? the dealer said that? I call that BS, I never heard anyone say that, remember I live in southern Ontario too. If that was true then everyone who owns a vehicle would have to replace brakes every 1-1/2 years. I still consider that short for a rear brake setup.
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