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My emergency brake and four wheel drive just craped out on me.

I need to know if there is a manual or Idiots guide to fixing my E brake and four wheel drive on my 2003 Dodge Dakota. This vehicle is crucial to my family. We don't have lots of money so I'm trying to see if I can do this on my own. Any tips or help would be greatly appreciated. Weather here is cold and Icey.

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  • Dustin Bayliss Dec 23, 2008

    A couple of days ago as I was releasing the E brake, the mechanism popped like always but the brakes I guess must have frozen to the roters. It drove hard for a while than I heard the pop coming from the rear wheels, than clanging loose metal rattling as I drove. I asked a friend and he said that as long as the calipers released, or broke off it would be ok to continue driving it. Today on my way home while in four wheel drive I felt tension like something was gripping my wheels and than a pop, like a piece of metal broke off and than my truck began to drive smooth again. Thats when I realized, later, that I lossed my four wheel drive. I don't know much about fixing anything automotive but am going to learn quickly. Please help if you can!

  • Russell Bailey May 11, 2010

    what is wrong with them and maybe i can help

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The emergency brake system on the dakota is a drum, shoe and cable type brake system. The rear rotor is actually a drum/rotor. The sound that you heard is likely a thrown shoe. Since the brakes are not used very often, the pad of the shoe sometimes breaks free from the shoe itself and that is likely the cause of the noise and the dragging sensation. You will have to remove the rotor to access the shoes. As for the 4X4 not working, I can't help you.

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First chiltons maunual can be bought at almost any auto zone type stores as far as 4x4 system this book can give arundown on almost all issues with you truck

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