How to change front brake pads on dodge ram 2500 and dodge ram 1500

Your vehicle is a massive value that will cost you a whole lot of maintenance over its lifetime. There are some jobs you can learn to do on your own, which will save you some cash. Changing your brake pads yourself is one job you should know how to do. It might seem hard, but once you follow the process, it will go down well.

Having good brake pads on your vehicle is extremely important and necessary. It is the function material that helps the brake system.

The process of changing brake pads for all dodge ram is more or less the same, just with different locations of bolts, holding pads, and the likes. Changing your brake pads is one job you should be able to carry out on your own at home.

There is some equipment you need to have at hand to be able to change your brake pads effectively. The equipment may be expensive, but you can use them for a lifetime. The tools include;

  • Jack
  • Jack stands
  • New brake pads
  • Brake tool
  • Brake oil
  • Socket wrench
  • Tire iron 

Steps Involved on how to change front brake pads

Remove the brake pads 

Use the tire iron to unfasten the bolts on the tires where you want to change the brake pads. This has to be done before you raise the car, else you won't find it easy to remove. The tires will just be spinning in the air. 

Jack up the car 

Once you've removed the bolts, look out for the jack point, and gently lift the vehicle until it is balanced. Then remove the floor jack, and finish unfastening the bolts to remove the tire from your car. 

Remove the caliper assembly and the old brake pads 

The caliper assembly is the buckle that holds the brake pads with the rotors. Use the socket wrench to remove the bolts at the back of the caliper assembly. Glide the caliper assembly from the rotor. Make sure not to attach the caliper by the brake line, because the caliper assembly will still be attached to the brake line. 

Set the caliper on top of the rotor gently. If the caliper should drop down, it could cut the brake line, and this would incur more cost than what you were trying to avoid in the first place. Then remove the brake pads from the car rotor. You have to be careful in doing this, so as not to destroy any of the clips or the rotor. If your new brake pads have extra clips, you can replace them also. When removing the brake pads, observe how they are assembled, so it would be easy for you when inserting them back.

Insert the new brake pads 

Apply brake oil to the rear of the brake pads. It helps to reduce the noise that is likely to come from the brake pads when you press them. The oil should only be applied to the back and not be allowed to get to the front of the pads. This is to keep the friction between the brake pads and the rotors intact.

Insert the new brake pads into the spot where you removed the old one from. This is best done one at a time, so you don't miss any part out.

Replace the caliper assembly 

This is the next step after the brake pads have been installed. You will note here that the caliper assembly does not fit on top of the brake pads. This happens, so there's no need to fret. As your old brake pads wear down, the piston inside the caliper assembly adjusts to their smaller size, but you can use your brake tool to fix this.

Take one of the old brake pads you removed and place inside the caliper assembly across the piston. Then, place the brake tool against the other side of the caliper. Twirl the handle of the brake tool to compress the piston into the caliper assembly till it retracts fully. Then you can easily place the caliper assembly into your brake pads. Insert the bolts and fasten them with your socket wrench.

Replace your tires 

Once you've replaced the brake pads and you're sure all bolts are tightened, then you can replace your tire. Tighten the nuts on the wheels to keep them in place. Bring the jack and place under the car to lift the car off the jack stands. Remove the stands and gently lower the car down to the floor. Then tighten the nuts using your tire iron.

Drive your car around a few times to test the brake pads. If you hear any sounds, lift the car and check if all nuts are secure.

Tips for changing front brake pads

  • Ensure to use gloves during this process.
  • You can have a rag in place to clean the caliper assembly after removing the old brake pads.

How do I know when to replace my brake pads?

The brakes of your car are one of the most significant features in your car. It is, therefore, necessary for you to ensure that your brakes are functioning correctly.

There are some signs you can look at for, to make you know when your brake pads need replacing.

Creaking noise from brakes 

This is one general sign you can rely on. Once you start gearing constant creaking sound from your brakes, it's an indication that your brakes need to be checked and most likely to be replaced. 

Hard grinding metal sound 

Some brake pads have small metal ridges at the bottom as a way to make the driver aware of when to change the pads. If the metals grind on other metal areas in the tire, it could create more damage to the brake pads. 

Indicator lights 

In some vehicles, there is an indicator light that comes on when the brake pads are worn out. Once this light comes on, it is time to have your brake pads replaced. 

Vibrating brake pedal 

If your brake pedal feels unstable and vibrates ad you try to press it down, it means your brake pads have worn out and need to be changed. It isn't normal for your brake pedals to vibrate; any delay in this can cause more damage or accident.

How to Change Front Brake Pads RAM 1500

How to change front brake pads on dodge ram FAQs

Can I change my brake pads myself? 

With the right tools, changing your brake pads yourself is very easy to carry out. It saves you a lot of money, and it doesn't take time to perform. 

Do I have to replace the rotors each time I want to change the brake pads? 

Once the rotors are still in shape and functioning well, you don't necessarily have to change them. 

When to I have to change my brake pads? 

Brake pads need to be changed after about 50,000 miles, 25,000 miles, or 70,000 miles. It differs from cars to cars and depends on some factors. However, you can get an accurate number for your car by checking your owner's manual. 

What happens if I don't change my brake pads? 

It can cause damage to the rotor by breaking it. It can also cause overheating to the braking system.

What happens if I drive with bad brake pads? 

Continuous driving with worn-out brake pads is risky. You should not drive to the point that you begin to hear harsh, grinding noise from your brake pads. 

What does it mean to 'ride the brakes'?

To ride the brakes mean to rest the foot on the rear brake lever, and the hand on the front brake lever, and gently applying pressure in an indiscernible manner for a period. It causes heat buildup in the pad and caliper assembly.

Can I drive a car without brake pads? 

You can't drive a car with no brake pads, as there won't be anything that will create sufficient traction to slow down the car. The risk of an accident is high for driving without brake pads. 

What happens if I brake too hard? 

It can cause you to lose control of the car and cause an accident. It could also overheat the brake pads.


Changing your brake pads only looks and sounds like a challenging job; it is shockingly easy, especially with the right tools. Once you do it over time, you can always finish it within a few minutes.


John D. Archer is a mechanical engineer and writer based on the area of automotive accessories at, A resident expert and professional, John is passionate about all things automotive and loves to share his knowledge. He has good experience in all kind of automotive accessories. He has worked as a chief mechanical engineer in some reputed automotive garage firm.

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