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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.

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  • Troubleshooting Common Problems in the Dodge Ram 1500 Brake Disc and Pad Kit

    The brake discs and brake pads of your Dodge Ram 1500 basically rely on heat and friction to slow down your vehicle's spinning wheels, so it shouldn't be a surprise that they succumb to the stress. However, failure the Dodge Ram 1500 brake disc and pad kit exhibits itself in a number of ways, and determining what these types of breakdowns are and how to address them is crucial in minimizing the damage to your vehicle. In this guide, we've listed down some common problems with brake discs and brake pads and how you can troubleshoot them.

    Pulsating brake pedal

    A brake pedal that's moving up in down is caused by excessive lateral run-out, which in turn is caused by the brake rotors overheating. Stepping less on the brake pedal often solves the problem, but if it occurs frequently it may indicate one of the discs has worn out and needs replacement.

    Shaking steering wheel

    If stepping on the brakes leads to significant vibrations on the steering wheel, the brake discs are likely to have pits or scores. Uneven surfaces on the brake rotors will cause vibrations to reverberate through the steering system once the brake pad passes through it. In some cases, this problem can be fixed by resurfacing the rotors, although severe cases will necessitate replacement.

    Too much brake dust

    Having a fair amount of brake dust — that sooty substance that sticks on the edges of the wheel rims — is a normal byproduct of the brake pads, but if you notice more dust than usual it's a likely that you're braking harder than usual. Aggressive braking can cause the brake pads to heat up easily, resulting in faster abrasion of the pad material and thus resulting in excess brake dust. Pads made of semi-metallic materials are also known to produce a lot of dust, so try switching to ceramic brake pads.

    Wheels pull to one side

    Does the vehicle pull to either the left or the right when you brake? It could either be due to a stuck caliper or low brake fluid levels. Check the brake caliper first and see if it is engaging the rotors properly. If the brake discs are in good condition, check the brake fluid gauge as well as for signs of leaks on the caliper and the brake lines.