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Dodge Ram 2500 Brake Disc

Best Practices to Follow When Maintaining the Dodge Ram 2500 Brake Disc

The Dodge Ram 2500 brake disc works by utilizing heat and friction to slow down the rotation of the wheels, so wear and replacement is inevitable for this component. But the lifespan the brake discs in your vehicle depends largely on how well these parts are cared for. With proper use and regular maintenance, you can keep the disc brakes running for longer. Below are some best maintenance practices to follow for your Dodge Ram 2500 brake disc:

  • Avoid unnecessary braking.

Braking too often will cause the brake disc to overheat, which in turn will lead to the brake pedal "pulsating" or moving up and down. And if this happens often, it will eventually damage the disc. If you find yourself in conditions where sudden, frequent braking is necessary, such as in city streets, ease up on the accelerator. You'll save your discs as well as gas in the process.

  • Clean up dirty discs with a brake cleaner.

Over time, brake discs will have brake pad residue buildup on its surface. And while a layer of this "brake dust" actually helps in making the pads engage the discs, too much may prevent them from working properly. In the event that the brake discs get too dirty with brake dust or dirt and mud in general, you will need to treat it with brake cleaner. Spray a liberal amount of brake cleaner onto the surface of the disc and let the solution drain into a clean oil pan or bucket. The cleaner should effectively remove any impurities and grease on the brake disc surface.

  • Make sure that brake fluid is at the recommended level.

When the hydraulic brake fluid goes too low, it will require more pressure on your part to engage the brakes. This will put additional strain on the brake disc and caliper and will increase the likelihood of overheating. So once the fluid inside the brake fluid reservoir hits the low mark, refill it as soon as possible. It should be noted, however, that frequent replacing of the brake fluid may indicate a leak in the system. The Dodge Ram 2500's disc brake is a sealed circuit, so brake fluid should only lose small amounts of hydraulic fluid at most. In such cases, have a mechanic inspect the brakes for leaks.

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  • A Few Handy Tips in Replacing the Dodge Ram 2500 Brake Disc

    Whether it's because of a warped rotor or a custom high-performance disc set, installing a new pair of brake discs on your Dodge Ram 2500 is not a task for beginners. If not fitted on properly, the disc brakes might not work, posing a dangerous situation on the road. But if you have the skill, knowledge, and tools on hand, you can save a lot on mechanic's fees by replacing the discs by yourself. Here are some key tips in replacing the Dodge Ram 2500 brake disc:

    Tip #1: Get your tools ready.

    Replacing the brake disc requires quite a handful of tools, including a wrench and ratchet set, channel locks, pliers, sturdy vise grips, and a rubber mallet to pop out a stuck disc from the spindle. You will also need brake cleaner, lubricant, and a clean oil pan in which to catch hydraulic brake fluid dripping from the brake lines.

    Tip #2: Clean the brake discs before mounting them.

    Your new brake disc will come coated in dust and other impurities, so it is best to clean these off first in order to ensure the brake pads get a good grip on the disc surface. Spray a liberal amount of brake cleaner onto the surface of the disc and let it dry. Keep in mind that brake cleaner is dangerous when inhaled, so make sure to spray it in a well-ventilated area.

    Tip #3: Push back the brake caliper pistons with channel locks.

    The caliper pistons need to be retracted first in order to dislodge the disc, but this might prove difficult to get out. You can use a pair of channel locks to squeeze out the pistons, but if they are particularly stubborn you can spray the pistons first with penetrating oil to reduce frictions. Once the pistons have been retracted, tighten the bleeder and place an oil pan under it to catch dripping brake fluid.

    Tip #4: Bleed the brakes once the new discs are in place.

    The brake lines are likely to get contaminated with air when replacing the brake discs, so once the new discs are installed, make sure to bleed out the brakes and replenish the brake fluid reservoir.