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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-26-2002, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
 
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Trashing front brakes on 2001 Ram 1500 4x4

This truck goes through front brakes every 15K with no
towing but does see heavy mountain driving. Visual
inspection checks good, rotors spin free and calipers
release right away.

I did drive it with the ABS disabled and could not get the
rear brakes to lock. Our Dodge dealer says the wheel
cylinder update was for earlier trucks and not this one.

I think fluid may be entering the ABS accumulator possibly
by contamination causing the valve not to seat properly,
but the pedal does have a good solid feel to it. Has
anybody seen this trouble on late model Dodges? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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Re: Trashing front brakes on 2001 Ram 1500 4x4

I do go through brakes front and rear alot but its due to the mud eating them up and the huge tires I run 38.5's...
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I have had the same problem with my 99 dodge 4x4. Little towing and almost all hi-way driving
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heavy mountain driving can do that. as for not locking up the rear brakes without the abs, thats shows the proportioning valve works as its supposed to.
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Re: Trashing front brakes on 2001 Ram 1500 4x4

I have a 2001 Ram QC 4x4 1500 and her rears are still good after almost 45000 miles but the front squeaked like hell so I yanked them for some ceramic pads. They squeak a little here and there but a cleaning of the wheels removes that. I am looking for a new braking system for my truck I would like to put a Baer system on her just to help her come to a halt more efficiently. Who knows wait and see.
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Re: Trashing front brakes on 2001 Ram 1500 4x4

Thanks for the great replies everyone, I have seen this trouble on other Dodges. Auto trans in the mountains with loads like boats or contractor rigs mostly.
I may have found a fix- EGR at: http://www.earthroamer.com/egr/index.html
offers Kevlar pads & shoes, slotted rotors and 1/6" bigger rear cylinders.
They are very aware of the trouble and move allot of product.

I will try to remember to post back once I give it a try.
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Gave it a try, bigger rear cylinders, special shoes, gas sloted rotors and carbon-kevlar pads. Works nice!
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Re: Trashing front brakes on 2001 Ram 1500 4x4

glad to hear it! [img]images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img] and thanks for updating the thread, that really helps people in the future when they're searching for similar problems! [img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
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Re: Trashing front brakes on 2001 Ram 1500 4x4

Well the Ceramic Pads SUCK!!!!!!!!!!! They were eaten up in less than 13000 miles of just daily commute and highway driving. I had no warning that they went until I heard grinding from my right front a couple of weeks ago. Semi mettalics are under her for now until I can get onto another system.
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Regarding mountain driving. I was always told to be in the same gear going up or down. Hence, if your tranny comes out of overdrive going up the hill, shift out of OD going down. If the tranny goes into 2nd going up, pull it into 2nd going down. I do this towing my 8000 pound boat with my F150 4.6L auto and my first set of front brakes lasted 60k miles. At 114k miles, I'm still on my first rears. [img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
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