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: 175,926 mi (98,000 mi - 255,476 mi)
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.
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.
Were would be the best place to get the repair ket for caliper.
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, 1997 Dodge Dakota, 186,000 mi
I used an over sized caliper bolt from Autozone and all is well
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, 1999 Dodge Dakota, 98,000 mi
threads have stripped out where brake caliper bolts to steering knuckle on my 1999 Dodge Dakota 4wd.
Visitor, 1994 Dodge Dakota, 205,000 mi
DRIVERS SIDE CALIBER PIN THREADS ON THE KNUCKLE STRIPPED OUT. VEHICLE IS FOUR WHEEL DRIVE. PARTS STORE STATED THAT THERE IS AN OVERSIZE PIN KIT THAT IS SELF TAPPING. WILL ATTEMPT THIS IN THE MORNING. THERE IS VERY LITTLE AREA TO WORK WITH ON THE KNUCKLE ERGO, HELICOIL IS OUT OF THE QUESTION.
Visitor, 1995 Dodge Dakota, 130,000 mi
caliper mounting bolts striped,bottom broke out too thin