Last week, I encountered an accident caused by the brakes of my Dodge CB300. I stepped on the brakes after I made a full turn in a corner, but it didn't work. When I got home, I checked and found out that my brake pads were already worn out. I was surprised because my truck is only five years old. What's happening with my truck and what should I do?
This particular model of Dodge has been stormed with complaints by its owners due to brake problems. It is not an unusual problem, and there has already been a recall issued by the manufacturer for a specific batch. The problem you encountered was due to a combination of a worn-out brake pad and turn stop wear on your vehicle. When this happens, there is an increase in brake pedal travel and a reduction in front braking effectiveness, especially after you make a full turn. Worse, a frame crack could develop and even damage the entire rail section of your vehicle. What you need to do is to bring your vehicle to your dealer to have it checked.
Lately, I've been hearing a metallic rattling noise coming from the steering wheel. It was the first time that I've heard such thing, and I don't know where the problem is exactly located. I'm getting worried that it will worsen as days pass by and could cause more serious problems. What's causing the noise?
Since the noise seems to be coming from the steering wheel, it could be due to a crack near the area where the power steering gear is connected to the frame. The metallic sound is due to fatigue in the front rail extension. It is important that you do something about it immediately. If the crack progresses in the rail section, the steering system of your vehicle might be compromised. The noise is just one of the warning signs that the steering system has gone bad. It is best that you bring your vehicle to the dealer for an inspection. You need to replace the cracked components immediately.
I just bought a second-hand Dodge CB300 from a friend last month. It was working fine until last week. I noticed that when the engine is cold, it idles just fine. When I'm running at fast speed on the highway, it runs perfectly fine too. However, whenever I slow down for a stoplight, it starts to run roughly and acts like it would stall on me. Because of that incident, I did my best to replace all the old and wearing out parts of the vehicle. Still, the problem persists. I don't know what else to do. What could be causing the problem?
Since you've already replaced all the worn-out parts but the problem recurs, you might want to check if the power steering pump is still in good condition. Other symptoms of a failed power steering pump are fluid leaks underneath your vehicle as well as a growling sound from under the hood. Replace it as necessary including the belts.