Your Dodge Durango brake disc can suffer from different problems during its lifetime. That's why you should know at least some of its common problems. To help you know them and the steps you should do in order to fix them, here are some troubleshooting tips:
Brake discs are made of bare cast iron that is the most suited material for brake components. But its drawback is that it corrodes easily, so it's just normal for your brake discs to develop rust. After all, the surface rust on your brake discs gets cleaned off every time you hit the brakes of your vehicle. So what seems to be wrong? Well, the problem with rust and corrosion begins when you leave your Durango unused for a long time, allowing rust to spread and to corrode your brake discs due to the absence of hard braking. If you find corrosion on your brake discs, you can try to salvage them by applying rust remover or making heavy brakes. But if it's a bad case of corrosion, you should replace them as they can lead to surface pitting, which will only weaken the discs. Also, always remember to replace them in pairs.
If you hear a grinding metallic noise every time you hit the brakes, your Durango may be running on a warped brake disc. This means that they have been deformed, and this can be caused by worn-out brake pads, a protruding piston in a caliper, or overheating. If your brake discs are warped, you will have difficulties stopping your vehicle, which can lead to a road accident. To avoid this, you should have your warped brake disc machined in the shop to smoothen its surface. This means that a layer will be removed from your disc, so make sure that you won't exceed the allowed minimum thickness set by the manufacturer. If the disc is already too thin, replace it instead.
Overtime, your brake discs simply wear out or become too thin due to repeated braking. Again, this is normal, but it can become a high-risk problem once they measure beyond the allowed minimum thickness for discs. That's why it's important to regularly check the width of your brake discs so you will know when to replace them. If needed, buy a new set of brake discs from auto supply stores for safety reasons. And when you replace your brake discs, you should also install new brake pads.