Hopefully you receive a $50.00 tip. This is a HUGE relief as I drive Scouts to/from camps and haul a lightly loaded trailer.Another question - so sorry if I ask too much but this truck has terrible braking and Dodge still says everything's OK. I constantly push hard on the pedal to even stop the truck - so compared to an F-150 it hard. I had to add electric brakes to a single axle scout trailer to be somewhat confident that I can stop if I need to . No one else seems to mind pulling the trail or has any problems stopping - it doesn't make sense. I have narrowly missed rear-ending cars in front of me. If I smash the brakes without trailer on dry pavement it still move what 20 - 30 feet easily? Dodge, well I had a '96 - and that just was a bad story - same braking problem but that truck didn't have ABS like this one does. Dodge just says the'll replace front rotors and brake pads - keep putting all of the stopping energy to the front so when it's wet - yep locks up.Is there a problem with a proportioning valve perhaps with my 1998 RAM? So I had a toyota 4WD - a 1996 and that thing actually stopped better with cargo loading. so that's a valve adding more brake pressure to the rear drums - right?I had a very good shop look at my break - and they agree the truck takes more to stop than it should. They were wondering about the master cylinder vacuum break assist? sorry it's the best I can do. the person who services my truck though he read somewhere that a possible work around was to re-pipe the brakes so that it bypasses a valve or something like that if you're pulling trailers? FYI: The new 2012 RAMs seem to have an extra break assist - is this Dodge's way to admint a problem with their breaking. Again, an F-150 stops on a dime - just like a car.
Welcome and thank you for allowing me to assist you! I did receive the tip and thank you very much! As far as the brakes on your truck? Yes they are terrible. My son had a 1999 Ram, and had the same problem. I think what I did was to adjust the rear brake shoes constantly (every oil change?). This seemed to help a little. I have not heard about the re-pipe thing, but if I see something I will certainly let you know.
Again, thanks for the accept and bonus!!
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