Hey everyone, been a while since I posted here but I need some help. I just
bought traded my 98 dakota for an '05 4x4 quad cab and everything was great
with it until about a week ago I noticed that at high speeds (60+) when I
brake whether hard or gradually, The entire truck (not just the steering
wheel) vibrates. I had asked a friend about and he said it might be warped
rotors, But i wasn't so sure cause it only has about 2500 miles. Any advice
is appreciated as always.
The minute you say "...brake problem...." somebody
is going to shout "Warped Rotors". That's been a real
problem with dakotas for years. At least, that's what
people claim. However, nobody has actually placed a
dial indicator on the rotors to find out.
People take their trucks back to the dealer
claiming the rotors are warped. The dealer either
doesn't want to mess with it, or just wants to shut the
guy up. So they replace the rotors without checking.
Then the same guy comes back in 10K miles screaming
about his "warped rotors" again. And the cycle
First, read this:
Second, use a dial indicator and actually check
your rotors. Mine have almost 70K miles and they are
still well within specs.
Finally, check for the many other things that can
cause this symptom: Tie rod ends, steering rack, broken
rear spring, etc.
Personally I had the old warped rotor issue. At 23,000 miles they were a
mess. Replaced them and got another 55,000 miles on the new front set on my
2000 Dakota. Problem is that dodge uses a very hard semi metalic pad. Still
had my original pads with 80 percent left on them. Truck now has 78,000
miles on it. Just did a clean up on the set I bought before and a nice set
of new pads. Personally I recommend losing those stock pads before they over
heat your rotors.
skilled trade UAW
It is all by choice, any good quality pad is suggested. Bosch, Raybestos. I
have good luck with Morse, the ceramic ones are nice because they are so
much cleaner on your mag rims. Very little brake dust developes on the rims.
But if you do alot of towing or hauling, go get yourself a nice new set of
crossdrilled and slotted rotors. most they set you back is a $100.00 for the
set.And never worry about them again after that.
I'd have to partly disagree with you, Scott. And
so does Baer Brakes and Wilwood brakes. Slots and
cross drillling is simply for looks, and has no
functional value. And, you can't cut a rotor like
that. When you get a little wear you have to pitch it
and buy a new one. Cross drilled rotors do not last
nearly as long as a solid. Mostly because they develop
stress cracks around the holes.
Rotors with holes and slots will give you worse
braking performance than a simple solid surface. The
brakes work by converting rotational energy into heat,
by way of friction. The greater the surface area, the
greater the friction. Make the surface area smaller,
and you lose effectiveness.
As for pads, I think you're right on. While I was
researching pads, one of the manufacturers (can't
remember which one) recommended not using ceramics for
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