(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Hey, guys. It's Sara with americantrucks.com. And today, we have a review and install of the PowerStop OE Replacement Brake Pad and Rotor Kit for the front and rear, fitting your '02 through '18 Ram 1500s. So if it's time to replace your Ram's brakes, this full kit is perfect for those of you looking for an OE replacement front and rear pad and rotor kit and want to save some money over other OE replacement options. This kit is ideal for daily driving, it provides a complete stock replacement to ensure excellent braking performance. And I will note that PowerStop does offer another kit that's for towing as well as a kit that's more for performance if that is a little bit more your speed. This kit consists of cast iron rotors as well as ceramic compound pads that were designed for minimal dust and noise.So as far as price goes, this kit comes in at around $100 making it a budget-friendly way to replace your pads and rotors all around. I'm giving this install a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. It features a direct bolt-up install and can be done within two hours. So with that said, let's jump right into our install. For this install, you will need a rubber mallet, a ratchet, 21, 13 and 10-millimeter sockets, a skinny 15-millimeter wrench, a large pry bar, a small flathead, a caliper tool, and a caliper hanger or bungee cord.All right, so the first step in our uninstall is to remove the caliper from the bracket. Grab a caliper hanger tool or a bungee cord just so you're ready to hang it as soon as it comes off. Grab a 13-millimeter socket and let's remove the two bolts at the back of the caliper. Now this will come out without spinning this slider here, you can hold it still with a wrench. So if your caliper doesn't want to budge right away, you can grab a flathead screwdriver or a small pry bar and just get under here and just give it a little bit of movement and it should come loose at that point. You may need to push in the pistons on the caliper a little bit, depending on how long it's been on there, maybe more stuck. But once it's free, grab your hanger and hang it out of the way, just make sure there's no tension on the brake line. At this point, you can remove the brake pads, slide them out, pull the clips off. At this point, grab a 21-millimeter socket and ratchet and remove these two bolts that are holding on the caliper bracket. Then you can remove the bracket off the truck.Now at this point we can remove our rotor and if it is stuck on there like ours is, you may have to give it a couple taps with a rubber mallet just to free it up. I do recommend putting one of the lug nuts back on just because you don't want this to fall off the truck since it's in the air. And you can give it a couple smacks, you want to go right here in the front and back right where the caliper used to sit so you don't hit the heat shield. So once it's free, you can now remove the lug nut and take the rotor off.All right, so now that we have the factory pads and rotors uninstalled from our truck, we can check them out side by side with our PowerStop kit. And as I've said before, these are an OE replacement so they're gonna be nearly identical to your factory brakes but since they're brand new, they're gonna look a whole lot nicer. Now if an OE replacement is not what you're looking for, PowerStop does offer a performance braking kit as well as a towing braking kit for this truck. So with that said, let's grab these and get them installed on our truck.All right, now this point we can install our brake rotor. It's also maybe a good time to hit it with a little Brakleen just to clean it up all the oils that come on it from the factory, this is just for demonstration so we're gonna skip that step. And just like when we took the rotor off, you want to throw a lug nut on there just for safety before we get our bracket installed. Go ahead and line up the bracket over the rotor. You may need to move it around a little bit since it's not seated. Grab your bolts and get them threaded in. Grab your 21-millimeter socket, tighten these down. Place the clips over each end of the brake pad and then line it up in the bracket. Now if they don't want to sit nicely, you may want to clean the slots that they sit in or if you notice a lot of buildup this would be a good time. You also want to grease this area as well so the pad can move back and forth and it doesn't hurt to grease the front and back of the pads as well, just so it cuts down on noise. Unhook your caliper and you're gonna want to push the pistons in a little bit so that they can clear the new brake pads. So using a caliper tool or a C-clamp if you don't have access to one, anything that's just gonna slowly push these two pistons back into the caliper. Once the pistons are properly pushed in, go ahead and slide it over the brake pads. All right, slide the caliper over top of your pads, grab your factory bolts and get them threaded into the back of the sliders. With a 13-millimeter socket and a skinny 15-millimeter wrench, hold the slider in place and tighten down the bolts on your caliper.With the front install complete, we're moving onto the rear, we're gonna start in the same way. Grab your cap or hanger, get it in place, and then we're gonna remove our caliper. Grab a 10-millimeter socket and remove the bolts holding your caliper to the bracket. Remove the caliper off the truck and hang it out of the way. Now you can remove the brake pads out of the bracket. Using a 21-millimeter socket, remove the two bolts holding on your caliper bracket. So at this point, if your rotor does not want to come off easily, you may need to hit it with a rubber mallet as we did with the front one, ours seems to be able to wiggle loose so we're gonna remove it now. Now, because of the parking brake, you do want to spray this off the vehicle with Brakeleen around the edge and also around the inside here, just to get that oil off we were talking about earlier. And it's not a bad idea just to take a look at your e-brake, make sure everything's functioning properly before you put the rotor back on. Grab a lug nut and get it back on just for safety while we reinstall the bracket.All right, so before we can install our bracket, we do want to switch over and install these nice new clips. So to do that, we will need to pry these off. Using a small flathead or other tool, pry them out of the way, and you may want to clean up this area just so the new one goes on nicely. Line up the clip and press it on. All right, let's get this installed. Grab the bracket, line it up over top of your rotor and grab the bolts and reinstall them into the back of the bracket. Grab your 21-millimeter socket and tighten these down.All right, now we can install our brake pads, now just like the front, you're gonna want to put a little grease on each one of these ears to have it slide nicely back and forth. And it doesn't hurt to put a little grease on the backside of these metal plates front and back just to cut down on noise. Go ahead and install those now. Grab your caliper and the caliper tool you can you use a C-clamp if you don't have this tool, although it does make it quite a bit easier and just go ahead and push the piston in. Probably will have to go quite a ways just so that it can clear these fresh brake pads. Go ahead and line up your caliper. Make sure your sliders are in line as well over top of the threaded holes. And this little notch up top here should sit right in there, it's how you know that it's on straight. Grab your bolts and thread it in. Grab your 10-millimeter socket and tighten it down.All right, now that we're done with the rear, repeat that process on the front and rear of the other side. Make sure you're torquing everything to spec once it's tightened down, and also pump the brakes and make sure they're nice and stiff before you drive anywhere. But with that said, that's gonna do it for the review and install of this PowerStop brake kit. Remember for all things Ram, keep it at americantrucks.com.
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The Whole Enchilada. Replacing your 2002-2018 Dodge RAM's entire brakes might be a bit daunting, but if you're looking to upgrade to anything beyond stock, it can also get expensive in a hurry. That's where the Power Stop OE Replacement Brake Rotor & Pad Kit - Front & Rear shines. Providing a great quality set of rotors and brake pads, this is an affordable and great-performing solution to an often expensive problem.
Ceramic Brake Pads. These brake pads are a sight better than normal OE brakes - their ceramic design produces a noiseless, dustless stop that performs better than stock. It keeps your wheel clean and your RAM right where you want it.
Great Rotors. These rotors are crafted from G3000-grade cast iron, 100% mill-balanced and non-directional, making sure that there's going to be a firm surface for the pads to grip. The rotor and pads are perfectly matched to each other to ensure maximum performance.
Installation. A bit of mechanical expertise is needed, but the install can be done with basic hand tools. It should take about 4 hours. Please refer to company's site about Break-In Procedure.
Warranties. Power Stop provides a 60-day hassle-free return policy if you're unsatisfied for any reason. In addition, this set is warranted against material and craftsmanship defects for three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Application. This Power Stop OE Replacement Brake Rotor & Pad Kit - Front & Rear is designed to fit all 2002-2018 Dodge RAM 1500 models. Please ensure correct model before purchase.
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(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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