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Old 09-30-2008, 05:15 PM   #1
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Dodge 2500 Brakes YIKES!

All Dodge Ram 2500 owners ! Please do yourself a favor and check your steel brake lines that run from the master cylinder to the rear of the vehicle and across under the motor to the right side of your truck.

We were planning a trip with our AS and I took my truck 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 to get a state inspection sticker. It was inspected and and passed without a problem. On the way home the rear brake line burst. The hole was between the fuel tank (diesel) and the frame. When replacing the line I found the line needed replacing completely from front to rear. The small line on the load level sensor was bad also.

We are so glad this did not happen with our 31 ft AS behind us. If your line are rusty and scaley looking replace them. It may save your life. Even a dealer will overlook these as I found out.

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Old 10-13-2008, 05:06 AM   #2
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Thanks for that Info. I will have mine checked out

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Old 10-13-2008, 08:34 AM   #3
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This is especially a problem in Northern climes, as well as areas near the ocean. Another item that needs to be checked is the wheel cylinders, they can become corroded, and stick in place, causing the rear brakes to not work, but you still have a good feeling pedal. It would be a really good idea to check them, if you have rear drum brakes, when you replace the lines.
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Old 10-13-2008, 08:37 AM   #4
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What year is your truck?
Okemos, MI
T.V.:'05 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4 Quad Cab Cummins
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Old 10-13-2008, 08:42 AM   #5
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Yup. My 96 3500 and my Dad's 95 2500 both had that happen. We're located in Central NY, where we have salt on the roads for 5 months a year.
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Old 10-14-2008, 01:41 PM   #6
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I dont know whats worse salt or brine. both could be the culprit if you are in a state that uses both. I vote the country goes back to cinders.
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Old 10-14-2008, 02:26 PM   #7
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What year is your truck?

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Old 10-14-2008, 02:26 PM   #8
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2nd Gen Rams are notorious for this problem, whether they be gassers or CTDs. My '97 2500HD gasser had this problem, noticeably under the hood...the dealer replaced the lines for me under warranty.

I was lucky that I didn't have that problem on my '01 3500 Dually; it was a Texas truck its whole life, so I don't know if that has anything to do with it. I can tell you that my '97 was built in Saltillo, Mexico and my '01 was a St. Louis truck.

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