Time for new brakes

Time for new brakes

This is a discussion on Time for new brakes within the RAM 1500 Diesel Maintenance forums, part of the RAM 1500 Diesel Garage - RAM 1500 Diesel Mechanics Corner category; I haven't pulled the wheels yet but recently I have noticed a bit of brake fade especially in the front. I need to pull the ...

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    Time for new brakes

    I haven't pulled the wheels yet but recently I have noticed a bit of brake fade especially in the front. I need to pull the wheels and see how much pad I have left. I have almost 57K miles and drive in a fair amount of traffic. I tow regularly so I'll probably go with Semi-metallic since ceramic tend to glaze over from heat. I am hoping its just me but even my wife noticed it the other day.

    My question is has anyone had to change pads yet? What have you gone with? The Autozone, OReilly, and Advance is hit or miss. I hate having to redo everything because within a few thousand miles you start to get brake squeak.

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    factory original replacements is what I would want. Anybody know who made them what they are? Seems I read something once Ram has switched and you can't get the originals from dealerships anymore? Perrysburg Dodgeboy any input?
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    Not to hijack your thread, but I have factory pads on mine (only 7K miles) and mine generate a ton of brake dust. At this rate, I can't imagine them lasting 57K. Has anyone else had this problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kellen O View Post
    Not to hijack your thread, but I have factory pads on mine (only 7K miles) and mine generate a ton of brake dust. At this rate, I can't imagine them lasting 57K. Has anyone else had this problem?
    17,000 miles on my '15, not much brake dust. if i don't wash the truck for a few weeks i can see a slight build-up of dust on the rims.
    If you stop hard and sudden, brakes work much harder creating lots of dust. Anticipating stops and gentle braking less dust

    when i drove my X3 35i no matter how easy i was on the brakes, dust was very prevalent after just a few stops.
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    I'm coming up on close to 40k miles, and tow on a fairly regular basis. When I rotated my tires I still had plenty of pad left. A couple of members on here have gone over 100k miles on the original pads (using a tune with engine braking) - one of them almost exclusively towing some pretty heavy trailers. (Seeing he already answered - VERN)

    I have not noticed brake dust as much of an issue.

    But I would like to know what you end up getting.

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    When breaking I get a slight shudder and pulse in the petal, it is from the front brakes, but I haven't had time to get them looked at yet. I have 35k on my truck, the issue developed about 5 k ago

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    Take the rotors off. Sand the rotors with medium sandpaper (by hand ), clean and put back on. It will likely be gone. Cause is uneven caked on brake dust

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    Thank you, I will do that

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    Yeah brakes all original on an early 14 if that makes any difference. 233k so far still smooth no dust and good wear left. Im sure the exhaust turbine braking or whatever is the proper term along with the trailer brake control have a lot to do with this and just my following distance normal braking procedure. Old semi driver owner operators know exactly what I'm talking about.
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    Late '14 here with 60,000 miles and about half pads left. Lots of highway and a 3500lb boat occasionally. Over the years I've tried lots of different pads and I never seem to get the wear out of them that I do with factory equipment. It costs more but they seem to last longer. That's what I'm gonna put in when I need them

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