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#4665 of 5120 Re: Brake pads
Dec 26, 2003 (5:12 pm)
First, I don't think Dakota brakes are the worst. I know people here have had varied results with brake performance, but the vast majority of people I've personnaly talked to have had average to above average results. At just under 20,000 I have already reached the threshold where our Avalon needed rotors. My 2003 Dakota has lots of pad left and the rotors are still chatter free.
Depending on the year, of course, Dodge has used various rotor and pad suppliers and the quality did vary. This is not a unique situation in the industry. If you visit any of the truck and SUV forums you'll find examples of similar complaints.
Now, that being said, there are aftermarket rotors that are of better quality. The question is, are they worth it. Depending on your particular driving that may in fact be the case. As to pads, I've heard mixed results from folks who have used various brands, and that includes ceramics. Although some are advertised as "liftime guarantee," not everybody appears to be happy with them for various reasons.
Ceramics will give you a lot less brake dust but some claim that stopping distances are increased. This could be specific to the model vehicle (I've heard Suburbans and GM pickups don't seem to like them).
I have looked at Powerslots and they look like a very well made rotor. I was impressed with the machining and finish quality. I know a fellow who uses them on his '99 Dakota with factory pads and he seems to be very pleased.
#4666 of 5120 Brake Pads/rotors
Dec 27, 2003 (6:58 am)
Stay away from the Rayb Ceramic pads mine started to fail at 10000 miles they where separating from baking plate, also the Rayb rotors are worse than the OEM, am now using Brembo Rotors and put the OEM lining back on, brakes are great.
#4667 of 5120 Pads / Rotors
Dec 27, 2003 (10:05 am)
At 40K+ or so (can't remember) I too moved to the PowerSlots and Raybestos ceramics. The PowerSlots began to warp a little. I was unsuccessful at "heat-cleaning" them by riding the brakes a bit. An inspection of the brake pads revealed pits (missing chunks) in the pad surface. I replaced the ceramics with the old OEM's that were laying around.
I still feel the warped PowerSlot rotors but its small. It's interesting to me that the significant brake dust problem I had with the OEM rotors and pads has not returned although I'm back to using the very same pads I removed. 90% of the past dirt problem must have been from the OEM rotors.
Dec 29, 2003 (5:53 am)
I have to agree with Dusty about the brake pads. I have a 2K Dak with 49K miles and my pads are about half worn if that. Also my original rotors are fine. I have had Kleen Wheel dust covers on since the truck was new so brake dust is not an issue.
#4669 of 5120 FRONT WHEEL WELLS??
Dec 29, 2003 (6:52 am)
Hey Guys hope all is well. I still read from time to time. I have a 01 QC 4.8 auto 4x4, sport. At 29kmiles not many problems just sqeaky front sway bar bushings that dealer replaced last summer. Sometimes hard starting when warm, but I just step on gas and it cranks up. Heater an isssue as my feet get cold sometimes. I drilled additional holes for more air (2) and helps a little. I can live with it vs. the alternative of dealer tech taking apart my dash.
Anyways I was wondering if anybody could help with this question. I've always seen this but never thought to address it. In my front wheel wells I can see the brake lines and into the side of my engine. It seems to be lacking "mud" skirts that my other trucks have had. There are a couple of holes there? Are these to hang some type of plastic sheild?? If so, was this part of another package? possibly SLT? or was this cheapening after the 2000 model year?. Does anyone have part #'s?? Any help or input would be appreciated.
#4670 of 5120 Wheel Well Curtains - Not on '00 SLT
Dec 29, 2003 (9:31 am)
gtownguy - I can see the sides of the engine by looking through the top of the front wheel wells. When I go splashing around, I get mud up on the top surfaces of the engine / battery, etc. A better wheel well / engine bay partition might help but it wasn't part of the SLT package as far as I remember.
#4671 of 5120 Re: wheel well curtains
Dec 29, 2003 (10:22 am)
I know what you are talking about and I've wondered, too. I have to say, though, that I have never seen curtains on the current series Dakota or at least remember seeing them. Perhaps they were on the first years, on SLTs or 4x4s only. I know the hood silencer pad and front box panel gasket have been dropped, so maybe that's what happened to the curtains.
A curtain wouldn't be hard to make.
#4672 of 5120 More on wheel well curtains
Dec 29, 2003 (11:48 am)
I just checked my 2003 Club Cab and there are no holes in the inner fender (wheel well) liner for attaching a curtain to.
#4673 of 5120 Wheel Well Curtains
Dec 30, 2003 (6:01 am)
I have an early 2K Dak (ordered Nov 99) and I have the wheel well curtains. They do seem to provide some protection from the mud as I have pressure washed them to get the mud off from time to time. Sorry I have no idea what the part numbers would be.
#4674 of 5120 Ron...............
Dec 30, 2003 (7:32 am)
Thanks! Just knowing the year helps. That's how I knew what to look for when I ordered the hood silencer pad and box gasket from my dealer.