Repair Kit Available if Front Brake Caliper Bolt Threads Strip on Dodge Dakota

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
RepairPal Verified
Average mileage: 162,526 (30,000–289,000)
13 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
83 people reported this problem
Viewing 1 - 20 of 36 comments
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.
threads have stripped out where brake caliper bolts to steering knuckle on my 1999 Dodge Dakota 4wd.
I put original steering knuckles back on my truck, because some one put knuckles from a 1992 something and it has destroyed 4 sets of tires in 4 years. This truck has cost me $$$. All I want is a new knuckle!!!!!!!!
Replaced most of front suspension (wheel bearings; shocks; upper control arms w/ball joints; lower ball joints; calipers; rotors; and pads). Passenger side bottom caliper bolt felt "soft" when tightening. A week later I heard a grinding noise when hard braking. When I removed passenger side wheel to inspect brakes, noticed that the bottom caliper bolt was sticking out from the rubber boot. after a thorough inspection, I saw that the threads were worn away. The top bolt hole I showing similar wear.
I attempted to look up replacement steering knuckles online and kept coming up empty (this part will not fit your vehicle). I then noticed a Youtube listing for how to REPAIR damaged threads. I will be performing this repair soon.
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.