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Brake caliper 2003 Dodge ram Quad cab 1500

1. How do I know if it is bad?
2. If it is bad what is the best path for a novice?

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How are the brake pads wearing? The easiest way to help determine if the caliper is bad, is checking the brake pads. The inner and outer pads should wear out at the same time, and also wear out the same time as the pads on the other wheel in front. (you should always change all front pads at the same time, or all rear at the same time.) When the caliper starts to fail, it doesn't completely release after you step on the brakes, then let off. So, if the pads are not wearing out at the same time, your caliper should be replaced.
You can purchase a new (costs more), or rebuilt (you have to turn in your old one) caliper, and replace it. You should also have the rotor cut (also called 'turned'.) The rotor surface is cut so it is perfectly flat and smooth. If it's worn beyond a certain thickness, it can't be 'cut', (for safety) but must be replaced w/ a new one.
You should also flush out the brake lines, as fluid absorbs moisture and becomes contaminated over time, which will ruin the calipers/brake cylinders. To flush out the lines, start at the bleeder valve that's the greatest distance from the master cylinder. Go next to the bleeder that's 2nd greatest distance, 3rd, and closest. If you want more detail on bleeding the system, let me know, I'll give you more info.

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