How to Fix a Dodge Dakota With Bad Brake Pedal Response
- 1). Raise the vehicle and support with jack stands placed underneath the axles or frame.
- 2). Using a lug wrench remove all four wheels and tires.
- 3). Open the hood and locate the brake master cylinder reservoir. It will be bolted to the firewall on the driver's side of the engine bay. Fill the reservoir with fresh brake fluid. Do not allow the reservoir to run dry at any time during this operation.
- 4). Locate the bleeder screw on the caliper attached to the driver's side front wheel. Attach a length of clear plastic tubing to the screw. Immerse the other end of the tube in a jar half filled with fresh brake fluid. Do not allow the tube to become uncovered by brake fluid at any time.
- 5). Have an assistant working inside the vehicle pump the brake pedal up and down a few times and then hold the pedal against the floor. Use a wrench to open the bleeder screw and allow a little fluid to seep out. You will notice tiny air bubbles in the fluid. Close the bleeder screw before releasing the brake pedal.
- 6). Repeat the process in the above step, until there are no more bubbles in the fluid that seeps out of the bleeder screw.
- 7). Move to the caliper attached to the passenger's side front wheel, and repeat the process you just used to bleed the first wheel.
- 8). Move to the driver's side rear wheel. The bleeder screw on this wheel will be located on the brake backing plate on the inboard side of the brake drum. Repeat the process used on the two front wheels to bleed this wheel.
- 9). Move to the passenger's side rear wheel and locate the bleeder screw. Repeat the process used on the other wheels to bleed this wheel.
Reinstall the wheels and tires and lower the vehicle.