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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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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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I know this topic over a year old, but has anyone come up with a solution to this?

My 2006 has this problem. If I give it one pump it's all good till the next stop. I bled them and they were good for a week or so.
 

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Had similar issues as described in above posts. Soft feel and a lot of fade, almost ran into the back of a van that stopped quick to avoid hitting a deer. Not safe. Took it home and popped the tire off to find the front pads had so much rust built up on the sliders they couldn't move freely and actually needed a hammer and coal chisel to get them off. The pads were also more than half worn and the rotors were looking nasty.

So the order went in for all new front and rear rotors and pads along with new park brake shoes and hardware. My ram has 85000 Km's on it(53000 miles). Got a sweet deal on a full set of Powerstop drilled and slotted rotors and ceramic pads (k2164). It is the heavy duty towing kit, comes with new clips and descent instructions for installation and break in.

Glad I got the whole set as the rear rotors pads and park brake components were just as bad as the front. The park brake liners fell off when I pulled the rear rotors off(!). Surprised I could stop at all really. I should mention that I only haul my atv and mulch and the like in the bed, no heavy towing. But with a 6" lift installed and 37's on the near horizon I wanted better stopping power.

Anyway, got it all installed and run in and to say I am very impressed would be an understatement! It has never stopped or felt so crisp and responsive when on the fat pedal. It really worked well for me.
 

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I replaced 3 out of 4 calipers and the master Cylinder bled them until the fluid shot across to the other tire if I pump it up 4 times I have pressure at that time but if I start moving I loose it again. If I disconnect the vacuum hose I have pressure but ever since I change the calipers I havent had the same pressure how do I fix it?
 

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soft brake peddle

Had the same problem soft brake peddle until I moved the peddles off the there bottom setting. When the adjustable peddles are adjusted as far away from the seats then I have to pump the peddle to get away from the softness. As long as I have the peddles up a little they work fine. The brakes are new just replaced.

Hope this helps some of you cheers Gary
 

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I changed out my front calipers and rotors with the SSBC 4 piston calipers and oversized rotors and it feels like I could rip the front end off when I hit the brakes now. The best improvement yet. I hope to find some SS brake lines soon and that should help some more. When I first put on the kit I used the pads that came with it and had a nasty low speed squeak so I swapped out the pads with some Wagner thermoquiets ceramics and it still stops great but no squeak.
Just do it you will love it!
 

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I had a new 2012 ram. After about 2000 miles the brake pedal would go all they the way to the floor before it would stop the truck . I took it back to the dealer and they said it was normal.

I even had them compare it to a new one sitting on the lot and they still insisted it was normal.

I got rid of that truck because I never felt confident in the brakes.

I have a 2014 ram now....the brakes are 100% better.
 

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Had the same problem soft brake peddle until I moved the peddles off the there bottom setting. When the adjustable peddles are adjusted as far away from the seats then I have to pump the peddle to get away from the softness. As long as I have the peddles up a little they work fine. The brakes are new just replaced.

Hope this helps some of you cheers Gary
In my case, same 'softness' before and after bleed/fluid replacement. 68k miles, all OEM.

I do have the pedal on the very 'bottom' setting,,, will experiment with that next.

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