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.