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Old 04-02-2010, 08:27 PM
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Hi and thanks in advance to everyone.
I was heading home tonight after about a 160 mile trip with the fam. After a stopping at a light, the truck sounded very slugish to get up to speed so i punched it little and felt some wobble in the wheel. About thirty seconds later i smelled brakes cooking. I get out and find the prob is on the front right side very hot. I let it cool for a few and got it home. So, is the caliper the problem or could it be something else. (just turned 30,000 mi today)
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I don't know for sure...just my stab in the dark, when I had a Dodge Avenger and my calipers stuck and it was confirmed the case by the advisors and techs at the dealership, they would grab and POP when releasing. There was a distinct loud pop. When they initially froze, they would grab the brakes like I had engaged the emergency brake. This was sometime ago so maybe they are different now, just my two cents from experience. Best of luck...someone will usually chime in...in a bit.
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Right before I got my new 08 Dodge Ram Big Horn QC I replaced the brake pads in my 98 chevy blazer. A day or two later after everything seemed to be working fine my car was struggling to get up to speed similar to what you described.

Finally I realized it felt like the rear end was catching. I got out and you could smell the NEW brakes burning up. Anyways, had the calipers replaced out of necessity both back ones were out.

Sounds like the calipers, based off what you said -- but I'm not mechanic, more of a computer geek. Then again, my blazer had 133k miles on it also, yours only has 30k

Needless to say I'm very interested in what you find out or what others have to say because like I said I just got my 08 exactly like yours minus the HEMI and 4x4, but mine only has 8k miles on it. Let us know for sure!
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Could be a caliper or hose. Caliper is most likely in my experience.
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It does sound like your caliper is having some problems. I would take it in to get checked out.

If you have the cash laying around why not upgrade the calipers to SSBC. They have a caliper upgrade kit for the front, for the Ram. Just my little bit of advice, since its broke mine as well fix it with something better. I think the kits start at like $600
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It does sound like your caliper is having some problems. I would take it in to get checked out.

If you have the cash laying around why not upgrade the calipers to SSBC. They have a caliper upgrade kit for the front, for the Ram. Just my little bit of advice, since its broke mine as well fix it with something better. I think the kits start at like $600
S**t man, $600 is a dream for an SSBC kit. I've seen them go for $3,000+ and that's just for the fronts. At least on the GMT-900 trucks.

I too think it's a caliper, based on what you've described. However, it doesn't seem right at 30,000km. My '03 Ram 1500 Hemi had 120,000km+ and had factory brakes (minus pads and rotors) and it braked like it was new.
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Again, thanks to everyone on this brake thing. I called the dealer today they can't get it in till Tuesday morning. I told him what it was doing and he told me if they found the caliper to be bad it would be covered.

They're also going to check the ball joints again and the wiper motor slows way down after they been on more then 5 mins.
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The Dealer was able to get my truck in this morning to check the brakes. The Caliper is fine, the Sliders are gunked up and need to be cleaned up and greased. The outer Tie-Rods have some play in them so they are doing those as well as a "Tune-Up" ($199) the Plugs have to be changed at 30,000 mi. (16 of them).
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30,000 miles to replace the spark plugs? That seems too early. Back when I worked for GM it was 120,000km before you replace the spark plugs. Depending on the model, that is. Honestly, I'd recommend doing the tie rods and the tune up yourself. First time will cost you more because you have to invest in (quality) tools but you'll save yourself lots of money in the long run.
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