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Old 11-12-2011, 01:17 PM
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Default 97 1500 rear brakes locking up hard stop.

Gonna have to defer to the masters as I'm out of luck.

New hardware, new master, adjusted properly,bled...they still lock up when I hit the brakes during those times when you need it. Danged hard to stop in the rain let alone try to drive her this winter.
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They are adjusted too tight- back the star adjuster off a bit. Front brakes do the lions share of the work...

New master- did you get the correct one (disc/drum or disc/disc)?
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Old 11-12-2011, 06:39 PM
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Backed em off as suggested and they don't lock.....hope that's all that's wrong. Just seems strange though.
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I am assuming you have drum rears....
The master is 2 parts for safety reasons if a line breaks on the front or rear system, the other will continue to operate.

Now the front disks supply 90% of your stopping power ast they squeeze then the power transfer to the rears for the other 10% and to keep it straight. When the rear drum shoes are too tight they will lock up since the fronts are "grabbing" yet plus the disk brakes have to fill and travel a bit before they start to grab, therefore the rears were hitting hard.

Since you backed them off a bit they shouldnt lock up unless you really get on the pedal in an emergency, Take it for a drive, get em warmed up a bit and test it by making various stopping situations in your mind (eg: slow normal stop, a soft stop, a hard stop kind of like almost missed your turn, and a HARD stop kinda like a kid ran in front of you ) did your truck handle as it should and you feel comfortable? Try again some day when its raining just to make certain and that you are comfortable with the way it feels and handles. If you have any doubts go to a reputable shop, better safe than sorry.
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I did take it for a drive and did the various tests last night. All seems well. May get some wet streets today for more testing. I'm pretty embarrassed that I didn't "get" something so simple, but then Dodges are a new thing to me. It's really funny because at one time last year I owned the Ram, a Dodge motor home and the Jeep...
All in all, I really love my BDT "Big Damn Truck". She's got 251 K on her and I WANTED ONE ever since Gen 2 came out.
Been messing with these brakes for almost a year now. About every light on the dash was on when I bought her. After driving for a couple of months, I decided to find out why there were so many new brake parts behind the seat. Popped off the left hub and found it completely devoid of parts!!
Thanks for the help...after I move the snowblower into the garage for winter, it's on to the wife's punch out list.
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There is another thing to remember there's a perpotin valve in some that meeter s brake force so if it still dont act right there's another way to look. When its cold out my other truck will try to lock up the back brakes under low speed braking. But when it is miled out they dont
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I just wanted to chime in here for an experience I ran across...

My boss's truck kept locking up the rear brakes. When I pulled the wheels off I discovered that he had the shoes on backwards. The smaller shoe always goes on the front. He had the shorter shoes on the back and the shoes were making contact too early.

Just thought I'd mention that.
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