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Old 05-09-2016, 02:07 PM   #1
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Time for truck brakes - what won't squeal?

I'm happy, but my wallet won't be, that it is time for new brakes on the truck. At slow speeds, the current brakes have squealed and it's soooooooo annoying; especially when driving through a campground.

Any particular types of brakes or brands or whatever that will help minimize the squeal?

Truck is: 2012 Ram 3500 DRW

I'll have to have someone else do the work as it's above my paygrade.
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Old 05-09-2016, 02:21 PM   #2
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Stock IMHO. They worked for 4 years. I would put stock on my Ford as well.
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Old 05-09-2016, 02:26 PM   #3
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Another vote for stock brakes. I've tried EBC and Bosch and didn't notice much difference other than the EBC wearing faster.
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On my 2012 I had a squealing issue because the right front inner brake pad had become stuck against the rotor. I did end up replacing the pads because the stuck pad had worn down quite a bit although the rest were like new. I used caliper grease to keep it from happening again.
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Old 05-09-2016, 02:33 PM   #5
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On my 2012 I had a squealing issue because the right front inner brake pad had become stuck against the rotor. I did end up replacing the pads because the stuck pad had worn down quite a bit although the rest were like new. I used caliper grease to keep it from happening again.
I used to have to use Caliper grease on my GMC once a year, worst brakes ever.
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On my 2012 I had a squealing issue because the right front inner brake pad had become stuck against the rotor. I did end up replacing the pads because the stuck pad had worn down quite a bit although the rest were like new. I used caliper grease to keep it from happening again.
I had 2 different dealerships look at it. None of them identified an issue.
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While I have yet to replace the pads on my current truck, my old Tacoma had this issue constantly. As soon as I started using Ceramic brakes, I NEVER had squealing again. If I were to replace pads on my current truck, I'd go with ceramic.
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25 years in the auto parts business taught me much about noisy brakes and dirty rotors.
Customers/users are hardly ever happy. I will give my opinions(couple anyway). Inexpensive.. but last. Clean and quiet. Friendly to the environment and the rotors.
Brake pad bonding was done on purpose(glued to caliper). Noise starts at the rotor surface and is transmitted and sometimes amplified through the hardware.
Smooth rotors(but not glassy), clean lubricated hardware(caliper has to move). Quality product. Rotos are lighter than they used to be, but yet most not ventilated and are doing sometimes 80% of the work. Just as important as anything make sure to wash the rotors before and after installing. I could go on.

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Just asking as I do not know. Are Ceramic brake pads compatible with stock rotors? I know they sell some aftermarket drilled rotors for use with ceramic pads on Imports. I doubt this will work for a heavy truck.
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Just asking as I do not know. Are Ceramic brake pads compatible with stock rotors? I know they sell some aftermarket drilled rotors for use with ceramic pads on Imports. I doubt this will work for a heavy truck.
Ceramics were originally supposed to be clean and quiet. I have been out for 10 years and have lost touch. I will see what I can find out.
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