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Brake Master Cylinder Problems of Dodge Ram 1500



Dodge Ram 1500 owners have reported 14 problems related to brake master cylinder (under the service brakes category).

car image   Brake Master Cylinder problem of the 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 1
Failure Date: 07/12/2012

I went to change my front pads (for the 3rd time in 15 months) and noticed that yet again, one of my calipers was stuck and one of the piston diaphrams was torn. I replaced the caliper, put in my new pads, bled the system, and my brake pedal goes all the way to the floor, the vehicle is driveable, but my stopping distance has greatly reduced. I have to pump the pedal 2-3 times for the brakes to grab. If I stab on them, them pedal will travel all the way to the floor and then the rear wheels will lock up and the front brakes dont work at all. I replaced the master cylinder and the problem still persists. Dealership has absolutely no idea what the problem could be, and niether do any of the local shops.

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car image   Brake Master Cylinder problem of the 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 2
Failure Date: 07/01/2011

2008 Dodge Ram 1500 . Consumer states contaminated brake master cylinder the dealer informed the consumer the master cylinder, front calipers, and front brake pads all needed to be replaced.

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car image   Brake Master Cylinder problem of the 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 3
Failure Date: 12/12/2009

2000 Dodge Ram 1500 -Dec 2009 - 47000 mile. No indication of brake issues until hitting them hard to avoid car that ran a red light. Brake line from master cylinder to rwal unit failed (pinhole leak), but managed to avoid collision. Drove home (slowly) and fabricated/installed replacement section (about 16" long). After bleeding brakes - drove truck normally until June 2010. Then, with no warning, the brakes again failed in a parking lot stop. Found the leak in the rear section of the line running from front to rear. Dealer estimate to replace all hard lines is $1000. Who can afford that ?? so, I will be spending many hours of my own time to fix the problem caused by cheap imported chinese steel. Thanks bill clinton !! I have other "good american cars" that are 40+ years old and 100k+ miles with the oem lines still good. These new vehicles suck !!!.

car image   Brake Master Cylinder problem of the 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 4
Failure Date: 10/20/2008

Master cylinder has gone out now twice in the last year while driving. Completely lost brakes twice. Had to have fixed at a garage.

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car image   Brake Master Cylinder problem of the 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 5
Failure Date: 10/12/2004

Got my truck Feb. 14,2000 and in 2001 I had to start replacing front driver side brakes. I did this approximately 2 times a year. It always seemed to be the ones on drivers front wore out others where fine. On oct. 12,2004 a rainy night going home the truck started to shimmy when I used brakes. When I was going to turn right the brakes locked up on front and threw truck into embankment now wife messed up her neck due to impact. I did not file report cause no one else was at fault. The problem became more frequent. I continued replacing pads until recently. On July 28,2008 I changed everything except brake boost and master cylinder. The shimmying is back after 3 months. The vehicle pulls when I use the brakes and will throw you into other lane or off the road. I have had several close calls with other vehicles on the road through the years as I tried to repair the trouble. I have not received any recalls on this problem, but am tired of replacing pads. I have not fixed body damage from 2004 till I get this problem fixed. I have had others tell me of similar problems with their Dodge trucks. What can be done to fix this?.

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car image   Brake Master Cylinder problem of the 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 6
Failure Date: 10/05/2004

Was driving 45 mph entering an intersection, the consumer attempted to apply the brakes, there was a noise and the consumer then realized the vehicle had no brakes. The consumer managed to get home and upon inspection of the vehicle he noticed a bolt that attached to the master cylinder and power booster had broken. The bolt had shown stress fractures.

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car image   Brake Master Cylinder problem of the 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 7
Failure Date: 09/01/2004

The contact owns a 1996 Dodge Ram 1500. The contact states that brake lines that carry the fluid from the master cylinder to the wheels rusted. The vehicle is from wisconsin, and this could have been because of the salt on the roads. One brake line has been temporarily been repaired, and the contact is worried about the brake line rusting on the other side. The contact's vehicle ran into a ditch because the brakes did not work. ; he had to be pulled out of the ditch. The line rusted to the point where it formed a hole in the line. The vehicle is in florida now. And the contact does not feel he will have the rust problem again because he is not living in a salt state . The abs brakes have not work since the brake line was temporarily fixed.

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car image   Brake Master Cylinder problem of the 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 8
Failure Date: 07/20/2004

Intermittently, and an on-going problem when applying brakes. The pedal would go to the floor and causes pulsation and extended stopping distance. The vehicle has been at the dealership on different occasion replaced the master cylinder. The extended stopping distance recurred.

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car image   Brake Master Cylinder problem of the 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 9
Failure Date: 05/21/2004

While braking master cylinder failed. Consumer managed to pull over, and had the vehicle towed.

car image   Brake Master Cylinder problem of the 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 10
Failure Date: 07/28/2002

While driving at any speed and with warning master brake cylinder had cracked, and wascausing fluid to leak. Dealer notified.

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car image   Brake Master Cylinder problem of the 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 11
Failure Date: 01/10/2002

Truck brakes continue to go soft. The dealer(s) have worked on the brakes. Changed master cylinder. At low speeds the pedal goes to the floor, but not every time. Now the brakes are simply slow to engage. Feels like you are going to put your foot through the floor. Of course, the dealer has only been able to replicate the problem once! any other reports of problems? solutions? not comfortable driving the vehicle. Have had to take the shoulder several times to avoid collisions. Just started the legal route since Chrysler has been less than cooperative.

car image   Brake Master Cylinder problem of the 1999 Dodge Ram 1500 12
Failure Date: 12/02/2001

(1) brakes experience intermittent failure when trying to come to a complete stop. Pedal goes all the way to floor. Have to pump the brake quickly to work. (2)failure of brakes caused vechile to not stop properly when another vechile crossed lanes of traffic, brake failure caused vechile to hit other vehicle (3) replacement of the front brakes and rotors, and rear brakes and drums did not rectify problems.

car image   Brake Master Cylinder problem of the 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 13
Failure Date: 01/04/1999

The braking system does not stop the truck as it should. When you make an emergency stop the pedal feels as if the master cylinder piston bottoms out, metal against metal. I checked to see if there was a brake pedal stop and there were none. When I had to make my first emergency stop I had plenty of distance to stop. My speed was 35mph with about 50feet of clearance. I had to swerve and run thru a yard causing $200. 00 damage. I took the truck over to the dealer and was told nothing was wrong. I went home and did a planned emergency stop in front of my house. At 30mph, it took 30 -35 feet to stop. My brother has a 1992 Dodge truck of the same weight and he can stop in 12- 15 feet at the same speed. Before the warranty ran out I took the truck back to the dealer and had the service mgr to test drive the truck and he felt ther was a definite problem. He ordered a more aggressive set of pads and Chrysler cancelled the order and sent a kit with instructions to install the kit instead of the pads. To me. That tells me they know of a problem, but do not want it to get out causinf a recall on all 1997 trucks. The dealer stated there were no recalls or bullentins on brake problems. I asked them is it going to take a fatality due to faulty brakes before they fix the problem. After the installation of the kit the brakes work a little better but far from being safe as to pulling a 4 wheeler and trailer or a boat and trailer. Last week I had to execute another emergency stop. 50 mph with approximately 150 feet of distance. I ended up in the middle of the intersection. My police cruiser at 30 mph can stop in 10 -14 feet . Even my brother's truck with a 1000 lbs of weight in the bed stops in a shorter distance than my truck. Are there any other victims of brake problems besides myself?.

car image   Brake Master Cylinder problem of the 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 14
Failure Date: 07/28/1998

Intermittently when brakes are applied the pedal goes to the floor, resulting in extended stopping distance. The dealer has repaired the vehicle twice prior. Consumer took vehicle to dealer a third time and stated that pedal goes and vehicle slowly stops, master cylinder and front brake pads were replaced, but problem still exist, consumer took vehicle to another independent dealer and was told that a problem does exist probably with the hydraulic fluid flowing to the back brakes.