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Old 01-03-2012, 09:54 AM
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Hi,

I've noticed with my 2010 Ram 1500 that the brakes are a bit soft or mushy. If I pump the pedal one time it feels more like what I would consider how they should be. I had the dealer check it out and they said it was normal but I can't get over feeling like it's not. They bled the system but it didn't make any difference.

My wife has a Honda Odyssey that had a similar issue and it turned out to be a recall on an ABS component. Had it replaced and now it's perfect so that's got me wondering on the truck.

Anyone else have this on their RAM?

Thanks!!

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Get use to it, thats the way these trucks are. My brakes work exactly as you described.
This is actually my next project... better brakes. I`m installing a hydro boost from a diesel truck.
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Both my old Dakota and my Ram have what I consider soft brakes. You get used to it after awhile. What I find I always do now is give it a bit of a pump.
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Last year my brakes were soft when the truck wa first started to the point that I would roll into the first two intersections. It ended up that I had a faulty brake booster. Replaced it and everything was fine.
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Thanks for the replies. I'm used to it now anyway but it's good to know it is actually normal like the dealer said.
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i'm in the same boat you are. I actually almost didnt stop the other day. My girlfriend had to yell. I dont know why but my brakes have gotten softer and softer. I now have to get the pedal about 75% down before it really even applies pressure. It was never like that when I first got the truck, but I was also sitting 2" lower and on stock wheels and tires.

I'm going to upgrade my pads and switch to some stainless or kevlar brake lines here shortly.
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Hi,

I've noticed with my 2010 Ram 1500 that the brakes are a bit soft or mushy. If I pump the pedal one time it feels more like what I would consider how they should be. I had the dealer check it out and they said it was normal but I can't get over feeling like it's not. They bled the system but it didn't make any difference.

My wife has a Honda Odyssey that had a similar issue and it turned out to be a recall on an ABS component. Had it replaced and now it's perfect so that's got me wondering on the truck.

Anyone else have this on their RAM?

Thanks!!
Thats a crazy coincidence. My wife drives an Odyssey also. Honda put on a new master cylinder when I had it in for the power steering pump notice. My truck needs a little 'pre-pump' to get the pedal to feel right. I'm used to it now. I'll change the fluid in the spring when I do my other fluids.
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My 2010 RAM has the same problem and with only 9000 miles and the brakes have been soft for awhile. I know it wasn't like that when i bought it. I dont like the whole pump the pedal thing even though i do it or the "get used to it" bc I feel we all paid good money for our trucks and deserve to have a firm pedal. I mean it could make all the difference from getting in a wreak. Sorry guys thats my 2 cents.
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My truck has had the same issue since I bought it, I even did the same thing and took it back to have them check it out and was told it was normal. It's even worse now with a 2.5" level and 35" m/t's. It gets real sketchy when I've got my trailer with 4 quads on it, only weighs about 2500 but makes a huge difference when trying to stop. The brakes are definately the biggest performance problem on these trucks.
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Thanks for all the latest feedback on this. If anyone does happen to find an aftermarket solution that improves this I'd love to hear details. I wouldn't be the one to go experimenting but I'd be quite happy to graciously draft off of whoever does!!

I agree about having a hard time accepting this as just normal but not sure what else I can do at this point.
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