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Brake issues I bought the truck used realizing the brakes needed to be worked on. I had the brakes worked on at Just Brakes to the tune of several hundred dollars. When the brakes are applied it feels as though the truck does not want to stop. Even when applied hard the brakes do not give a "positive" stop. I took the truck back to Just Brakes and was told that "that is just the way the Dodge brakes are." I find that hard to believe. None of my other vehicles have this issue. Unfortunately, I am not mechanically inclined. I would like some suggestions to take to the Just Brakes folks so I can get them to repair them properly (under the warranty from the previous work.) Maybe to a different franchise? I don't know. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks, Giles

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  • porter1260 May 11, 2010

    is it a manual or an automatic? Does it have disc brakes or drum brakes? what all did they repair or replace? too many variables we need more info.

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When you hit the brake do you have to pump the brakes to get it to stop? and or do they go almost to the floor when you try to stop?

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