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Old 03-04-2014, 02:00 PM
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This weekend I put new front rotors and pads on my 06 Ram 1500 Quad 4x4. Somehow I warped my front rotors and was getting a terrible wheel shake on the freeway when I applied the brakes. New rotors and pads fixed the problem but...

Now when I apply the brakes when coming to a stop sign I get a horrible grinding sound. Everything was changed correctly. I inspected the new rotors and they look fine, no gouges or anything. The brakes work fine there is just a really noisy/grinding sound.

I used ProStop rotors and pads I got at Pep Boys. Could the noise be from the metallic pads? Are there others pads someone can recommend?
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i don't think it's normal, unless you got salt/dirt in there. Any noise should be gone after 60 miles or so.
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Are they grinding or is it more of a squeal? Some pads and rotors will get vibrations going and they will squeal. They used to supply this blue colored goop you would spread on the back of the pads to cushion them and help with the squeal but now they usually use the anti rattle clips. Does yours have the anti rattle clips?
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The pads came with the goop and I put it on the back of each pad as instructed. And I did reuse the pad clips on each new pad. It's not a squeal, definitely sounds like metal on metal but there is absolutely no unusual marks on the new rotors. No sand or salt here in California.
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Did you take it to your dealer to check for error codes. Seeing the year of the vehicle your ABS sensors might be shot, in which case you may have to change the hubs as well. I am not sure if the sensors are integrated into the hubs on a RAM.
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Sounds like bad bearings somewhere. Had that happen to my '69 Charger in my youth. I had done a rearend swap. My 8 1/4 was tired, and we had a 8 3/4 so I swapped them. It wasn't long before, when applying the brakes, I started getting a grinding noise. I pulled the rears twice to try and find the offending brake pads. No luck. Then, one evening on a highway, at a busy intersection (it's always that way, isn't it?) I noticed something wasn't right, a really bad rubbing vibration. I pulled over to find my right rear wheel was over several inches from where it should have been. Luckily, I had the trunk full of stuff, so the fender was low enough to stop the wheel from further movement. Regretably, it was then that I learned the differences between how the 8 1/4 and 8 3/4 wheel bearings were lubed. The 8 3/4 bearings were packed with grease, the 8 1/4 lubed with the differential oil. Ouch. The bearings were ground to dust and the axle was coming out of the axle tube! Like some stupid comedy skit. In my swap, not knowing any better, I didn't check the bearings and re-pack. No clue. A lesson well-learned! Anyway, point is, when you hear something, and can't find where you think it should be, you gotta consider something else, no matter how far-fetched it might seem. Initially, a grinding bearing might only present itself under braking. Just a thought since the fronts are grease-packed.
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Definitely not a bearing. The noise started the day I changed the brakes. I just ordered a set of Raybestos pads, we'll see if that makes any difference over the Pep Boys Pro Stop pads.
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Do you have stock wheels? Are they 16 inchers? Are the wheels balanced on the inside of the rim (as opposed to outer rim lip along the tread wall)? I've had a problem with placement of those sticky weights catching on the disc brake calipers. Makes a grinding noise of varying intensity.
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Stock 20" wheels. They were just balanced and the weights are on the lip of the rim, not stickies.
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