If the threads strip where the front brake caliper mounts to the steering knuckle, a steering knuckle repair kit is available. A new steering knuckle is not normally necessary.Google+
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Dodge Dakota Steering Knuckle Repair Kit Available if Threads Strip Near Caliper Mounts
Dodge Dakota Problem
Average Mileage: 173,074 mi (98,000 mi - 255,476 mi)
The same problem happned to my 2002 dodge dakota slt 4wd. The passenger side lower break caliper mounting bolt stripped and the inside threads are gone. I used a helicoil and i just lost the brand new bolt again today. How can i truely fix this problem? im tired of hearing my whole brake caliper rattle at ever bump in the road i hit. What is the replacement part called that the break caliper mounts to??? help!!!
Visitor, 1997 Dodge Dakota, 186,000 mi
I used an over sized caliper bolt from Autozone and all is well
Visitor, 1999 Dodge Dakota, 220,000 mi
the passenger side steering knuckle om my 1999 dakota has striped also can you tell me where to find a repair kit and what the price will be.
Visitor, 2001 Dodge Dakota, 140,000 mi
Brake Caliper Mounting Bolts found to be loose and would not tighten properly.
Mechanic found this to be a common problem on Dakota's. Repair was to use oversize self tapping bolts with Loctite for a one time fix and installed new brake pads.
Visitor, 1997 Dodge Dakota, 255,476 mi
passenger side both caliper bolts no threads
Visitor, 1999 Dodge Dakota, 160,023 mi
Same bolts stripped
Visitor, 1995 Dodge Dakota, 130,000 mi
caliper mounting bolts striped,bottom broke out too thin
Passenger side caliper pin broke off,(lower pin) then stripped out. Busted the brake line where it mounts on caliper. Used the helicoil kit. I have been going down this road for quite a while. I'm on my 3rd helicoil, 8th pin, and 3rd brake line. This design is terrible, and because of it, my steering knuckle is in need of being replaced. Good luck finding one that you don't have to sell your other car to be able to afford. This has not been fixed.
Visitor, 1999 Dodge Dakota, 98,000 mi
threads have stripped out where brake caliper bolts to steering knuckle on my 1999 Dodge Dakota 4wd.
Visitor, 1997 Dodge Dakota, 220,000 mi
Threads strip near caliper mount