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Ram Brake Problems

I am posting this request for a friend. We have had brake problemson both 96 and 97 Dodge Ram 1500 series 4X4's. We most recently on the 97 have had the braking system replaced 5 times(ABS module, proportioning valve, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, and pads) by 2 different dealerships and still have a truck that takes 80 feet to stop from 35mph. The mechanics at both dealerships seemed to be aware of brake problems and one dealer ship said there was nothing more they could do even though the vehicle was unsafe in their opinion. The other dealership tried replacing the componenets with those from the 2500 series but with no success. Dodge has been unwilling to help us get out of this unsafe vehicle through either a direct buy back or a favorable trade in. We are pursuing a lemon law claim against Chrysler and this letter is an attempt to find out if anyone else has had these kinds of problems and if so is there a solution. Please drop me an e-mail if you have had such problems. Thanks, Reply to 2004 ram 2500 5.9 24 valve ho abs and brake light stay on. abs pumps run with engine off and key out of switch I also have a 97 Ram 1500 4x4 Club Cab and experience problems with my brakes not being effective. In emergency stopping, my pedal goes to the stop and the brakes seem to take on a mind of their own. Sometimes they stop me with effective power other times they act as though there is air in the lines and do not provide adequate stopping power. I have come close to having accidents several times due to this issue. It is my opinion Dodge did a great job of making their trucks go but didn't focus enough on making them stop safely. Another issue I have is the track bar wearing out too soon. I have been through 4 track bars on my truck with 101k miles on it. I am going to be going with an aftermarket setup in the near future so I can replace the ends of the bar withouth having to take out a mortgage on a new bar every 25k miles. Since being made aware of the weak link in the steering setup on their trucks, I can picture the Chrysler executives wringing their hands when thinking of the gouging they will give all the truck owners instead of doing the right thing and recalling all their trucks to rectify a certain safety issue that results in poor steering handling.

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If you are using seramic brake pads this could be your problem try using carbon instead . Seramic usally tends to slide and take longer to stop but if you have carbon the pads wont last as long but inturn will stop the truck better and quicker

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