(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 Z36 Extreme Truck and Tow Brake Pad and Rotor Kit for the front fitting your '02 to '18 RAM 1500. This kit is perfect for the RAM owner who's looking to upgrade their front brakes and is looking for something with a bit more stopping power. This kit is perfect for those of you who tow often or even if you have larger wheels and tires on your truck. This kit features drilled and slotted cast iron rotors as well as heavy-duty carbon-ceramic compound brake pads, giving you more stopping power and keeping your brakes cool and clean. This kit was designed to provide improved braking while producing minimal dust and noise. But it is worth noting that there will be a bit more dust and noise than compared to an OE replacement kit. So, if you're looking for more of an OE replacement, or even improved stopping power, but not quite as intense as this kit, PowerStop offers those options as well.So, as far as price goes, this kit comes in at around $125, making it a budget-friendly way to give your truck some more stopping power in the front. I'm giving this install a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. This kit features direct bolt up install, same as any brake job, 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 ratchet, 21 and 13-millimeter sockets, a skinny 15-millimeter wrench, a caliper hanger, a caliper tool, and a small pry bar or large flathead.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, if this won't come out without spinning this slider here, you can hold it still with a wrench. So, if your caliper doesn't wanna budge right away you can grab a flathead screwdriver or small pry bar and just get under here. Just give it a little bit of movement and 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, may be more stuck. But once it's free, grab your hanger and hang it out of the way just to 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 of 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 just in the air. You can give it a couple of smacks, you wanna 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, now that we have our factory rotor and pads uninstalled from the truck, we can check it out side by side with our PowerStop kit. Now, as I said before, the biggest difference here is that because this is the truck and tow package, the rotor is drilled and slotted which is gonna help tremendously in the cooling of your brakes. Now, if this is not your speed, they also offer an OE replacement option as well as a performance option. So, with that said, let's get these installed on the truck.All right, so before you get this on the truck, you may wanna spray it with a little bit of Brakleen, there is an oil on it from the factory and you definitely wanna get that off before you use your brakes. One other thing to note here is that because these are slotted, they are directional, so you wanna grab the proper side. Since we're working on the passenger side we have the front passenger rotor. I like to grab a lug nut and just thread it on here because we don't have the bracket on yet, just for safety. Grab your caliper bracket, lining up behind the rotor. Grab your factory hardware and get it threaded in. Grab your 21-millimeter socket and tighten it down. Now the rotor is floating for now but once the wheel is on and tightened it should sit properly. All right, so before you install your brake pad, you do wanna put a little bit of the grease on the top and bottom of the ears or you can lube in here just so the brake pad can go back and forth. PowerStop has included this grease for you. And it may be a good idea to put a little bit on the metal plate on the back of each brake pad, just so there's no noise while you're operating your brakes.Now, at this point, you're gonna use your caliper tool to push in the pistons on the caliper. You can use a C-clamp here but one of these is gonna make your life a whole lot easier. Line it up and you wanna push the pistons in nearly all the way, they're gonna need to go quite a bit to clear the new pads. All right, now that they're pushed in, slide them over top of your brake pads and we'll get this bolted down. Grab the bolts for your caliper, thread them into the back of the sliders. Now you can grab your 13-millimeter socket and skinny 15-millimeter wrench and tighten these down. Now, if you don't have a skinny wrench, just anything that's gonna hold this part of the slider in place because it does move when the bolt tightens, to get the bolt nice and tight.All right now that we're done the install for our kit, you do wanna make sure everything is torqued to spec and also pump your brakes and make sure you have a firm brake pedal before you start driving anywhere. But, that is gonna do it for the review and install this PowerStop kit. Remember for all things RAM, keep it at americantrucks.com.
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Extreme Stop. PowerStop's Z36 Extreme Truck & Tow Carbon-Ceramic Brake Pads Front Pair are a perfect addition to your already powerful 2002-2018 Dodge RAM 1500. These brake pads are an ideal choice for those who make a habit of tackling the tallest hills and hauling the heaviest loads since a truck's stopping power needs to be adjusted with added weight. These brake pads offer a coefficient of friction increase of 17% so that they can provide the stopping power and pad bite that is needed for the heaviest loads. Both noise and dust free, these brake pads offer power without sacrificing daily drivability, giving your truck the best of both worlds.
Carbon Ceramic. The Z36 Extreme Truck and Tow Carbon-Ceramic Brake Pads Front Pair by PowerStop are designed with a low dust ceramic formula. That formula is then reinforced with carbon fibers to give it the strength needed for a high PowerStop. If you have any issues with the quality or craftsmanship of these pads, make sure to check out their 30-day/500-mile limited warranty to see if it applies to your brake pads.
Installation. The Z36 Extreme Truck and Tow Carbon-Ceramic Brake Pads Front Pair by PowerStop take about 45 minutes to install. However, the process is straightforward and doesn't require extensive mechanical skill, so don't worry. Please refer to company's site about Break-In Procedure.
Application. PowerStop's Z36 Extreme Truck and Tow Carbon-Ceramic Brake Pads Front Pair fits all 2002-2018 Dodge RAM 1500s, excluding SRT-10s.
Information on PowerStop's proper Break-In Procedure can be found here: https://www.powerstop.com/brake-pad-break-in-procedure/
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(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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