Dodge Ram 1500 Brake Disc and Pad Kit
How to Keep the Dodge Ram 1500 Brake Disc and Pad Kit in Good Condition
The brake discs and brake pads should be a top priority in the maintenance checklist of any Dodge Ram 1500 owner. In this guide, we've listed down some important tips to follow in maintaining the Dodge Ram 1500 brake disc and pad kit.
- Brake responsibly.
Arguably the easiest and most effective way for you to prolong the life of your brakes is by braking only when it counts. Excessive and aggressive brake can put unnecessary strain on the brake discs and pads, resulting in overheat that could in turn lead to warping of the disc or excessive vibrations on the steering wheel.
- Refill or replace brake fluid on a regular basis.
Another way to keep the brake discs and pads in running condition is to keep the brake fluid levels at full capacity. Brake fluid tends to evaporate over time, although this can be aggravated by leaks. And once it runs out, it could lead to the brakes losing power when you most need it. So keep an eye out for the brake fluid gauge and replenish it once it's low. However, if you notice the fluid levels dip frequently, check the brake lines for leaks.
Aside from keeping the brake fluid levels full, it is also important that they are clean and free of contaminants. Ideally, brake fluid should have a clear, near-yellowish appearance. But if the fluid appears cloudy or contains particles, it is already contaminated and needs to be replaced.
- Switch to ceramic or NAO brake pads.
Although they may be the more expensive types on the market, ceramic or non-asbestos organic (NAO) brake pads have several benefits. First, ceramic and NAO pads are "gentler" on the surface of the brake disc, resulting in less wear and brake dust residue. These pads also tend to generate less noise compared with semi-metallic brake pads, resulting in a quieter drive.
- Install a brake shield.
Brake shields are accessories fitted inside the wheel that can deflect the brake dust produced by the brake pads when braking. Although it does not protect the brake pads or disc against wear, it does help in keeping the rims of your wheels cleaner.