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Im getting a grinding noise from the under side of my 99 ram 1500 4x4.sounds like bad brakes,but they are all new,alongwith new wheel bearings

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  • Edward Jennejohn May 11, 2010

    does this happen when you apply the brakes, or all the time? any particular wheel? do the job yourself, or a shop? if shop, take it back!! let them fix it! if not, are the rotors in good shape, or very worn? if they're deeply ridged, could need turning, or replacement. did you have just the front pads replaced or all 4 wheels? 4 wheel disks or drum brakes on rear? if you have rear drums, and they weren't replaced, and the noise is coming from the rear brakes, they probably need to replaced, as well. rear drums last longer than front disk, 'cause the fronts wear faster. how many miles on the vehicle, what kind of use? if it's ridden hard and put away wet (hah!) your brakes will wear faster. if you drove it to the squeely or grinding stage, then look at the rotors. also check for fluid leakage at the wheel cylinders. good luck!

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It could be an axle bearing. Does it only do it when you apply the brakes or does it do it just going down the road. If it does it when applying the brakes then it is in the brakes, check everything and insure that it is correctly install and that they are not hung up wearing out the pads and rotors. If it does it while going down the road and not when brakes are applied the it is probably a wheel bearing or an axle bearing. Jack up the truck and support on stands, turn the wheels and see if you can get it to recreate the noise by turning the wheels.

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