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Old 10-12-2010, 04:50 PM
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'99 1500 4wd. Rear brakes look almost new after 76,000 miles. I'm going through front pads like a kid through a bag of candy. Dealership says brakes are working fine - I have a computer-controlled bias that varies rear braking effort based on weight carried - something I rarely do.

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Are the rear brakes adjusted correctly?
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My '01 Ram has about 140,000 miles on it and still has the original rear shoes . It's not unusual . Just make sure their clean and adjusted correctly . Make sure the rear wheel cylinders are working . Thats about all you can do .
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At least 80% of all breaking comes from the front, seems normal to me, also check what the others said.
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I have a '94 diesel ram 2wd with rear drums. After 14 front brake jobs, including 3 sets of rotors, I was advised to look at the rear brakes. To my surprise, after 156,000 miles the shoes were as thick as new!!! And also very shiny and smooth, as were the drums! I was told that the factory shoes are so hard that they glaze the shoes and the drums and that essentially you have no rear brakes. That's why the fronts wear so much faster than the rear. I have taken to using semi-metallic pads (F) and shoes (R). This has solved almost all my problems. Now I just need to replace the parking brake cables that I stretched so badly trying to get the parking brake to hold on flat ground with the engine idling and the tranny in Drive!

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It sure does!!! I think I'll replace the rear shoes when I do the pads next time -and with the wear I'm getting, it should be soon. Thanks, again!!
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My vote is for brakes. No brakes seems pretty dangerous too me.
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Here's what I do...and for me anyway, it wears the rear brakes equally.
I've determined that the rear adjusters on these trucks don't work worth a crap.
So every other oil change, I crawl under my rear end, pull the rubber caps and check the adjusters.

I usually know if they need setting by how my e-brake works. If you're pushing the e-brake to the floor and your brakes feel mushy thats a sign. Your e-brake pedal should go in about half that distance and get hard. Unless your e brake cables are almost pure rust, they shouldn't be an issue.
Unset your e brake, put truck in park, chock your front tires and pull your rubber plugs.
You can use a brake adjusting tool, but good screwdriver works as well. A flashlight helps to see the starwheel teeth.
Set the screwdriver against the flat side of the teeth and pry. Note. Right and left sides turn in opposite directions!
You don't want to overtighten things, but turn the starwheel untill it just starts to feel firm. Too tight and smell burning brake pad! Of course you can always back them off.
Set the the ebrake.If it does about halfway to the floor and get hard, you're probably pretty close. Drive the truck and see what you think.
If you keep your truck as long as I have you'll get a feel for the ebrake and your brakes. Again, I usually end up adjusting the rears about every other oil change (3000 miles). Sometimes if I've been off roading in hilly areas with steep drops I have to do it quicker.

EDIT: If your rear shoes are new, but appear glazed, put on a dust mask and lightly sand them. Ditto with the drums. Just knock the glaze off.

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I, too, adjust my rear brakes on a regular basis. I drive and stop pretty hard and find the peddle getting lower in just a couple thousand miles. The fact that I have to adjust them regularly tells me for sure that the rear brakes are working!

As for sanding the shoes and drums...that would work if the shoes weren't too darned hard in the first place! They will just glaze again very shortly and you'll be back to square one. I'd just have them turned and go with a quality semi-metallic or carbon-metallic shoe. Same in the front...I find that front ceramics are very quiet and low dust, but they're no real help in stopping me with a loaded trailer!

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