Why would the front end and steering and brakes shake violently?

Asked by Jul 14, 2013 at 06:22 PM about the Dodge Caravan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Entire front end violently shakes when when brakes are applied, and
sometimes when actually driving....have replaced brakes, rotors, and hub
assemblies on both driver and passenger sides.......to no avail....any ideas
what could be causing this????    2005 Dodge caravan

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217,915

Have you looked at your tie rod ends, ball joints and struts for play?

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59,285

Possibly a sticking caliper. Any pulling? HTH. -Jim

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19,085

Ill second the calibers, shoulda checked here first, saved some cash! well its nice to have fresh rotors at least!

22,565

Dodge brakes just aren't all that. They work fine but tend to get pricey when it's time for maintenance. Your rotors are no doubt warped. Any more, Dodge Rotors are throw-away parts. Absolutely check the calipers but don't forget the rear brakes. Are they working or are the fronts doing all the work (overheating, warping and making the vehicle shake when applied)?

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8,085

Make sure the bearings are under the correct preload. Also, try rotating the tires. If that makes any difference, of any kind, you have a shifted or broken belt and need new tires immediately.

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9,635

I am going to have to agree with Tom.. Look at your tie rod ends and ball joints.

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thats weird because I changed my rotors, and have brand new tires on my caravan and still when brakes are applied the front end violently shakes ??? my rear brakes are garbage they been messed up since after the first 2 years I had this pos van, I also own a 04 Cavalier and I've spent more money on brakes for my 08 van than I have on my stereo system for my Cavalier or any repairs on my Cavalier for that matter

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