2012 front brake grind or growl

Asked by Oct 25, 2016 at 01:00 PM about the 2012 Ram 1500 ST Quad Cab 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 2012 Ram 1500 quad cab 4x4 St model hemi
front and rear brakes and rotors have less than 500
miles the truck is new to me i just purchased.on
sudden stops the front brakes make a grinding or
growling noise occasionally. when pulling a trailer
does it alot more. Regular driving no noise.

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101,585

I think you have cheap brake pads on the truck and or rotor may be a little warped...

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61,045

You had better take it apart and see what is going on! Did you install the brake pads with the metal side towards the rotor?

I did not install the brakes and rotors however I have change brakes and rotors roughly 75 to 100 times in my life that is not the problem. I had the dealership replace the brakes and rotors front and rear before I purchased as part of the sale agreement. I have checked both front rotors with a micrometer no warps nothing out of the ordinary with the pads. This only happens On sudden stopping such as times when the ABS would kick in and when I'm hauling the trailer with weight sudden stops normal driving no brake issues at all no noise smooth and anytime I'm applying the brake pedal it is a smooth no shimmer or shake. Thanks

61,045

What you are hearing is probably the ABS activating and if so it is normal. Do you have trailer brakes? The extra weight of the trailer will put a big strain on the trucks braking system and may be causing the ABS to kick in.

Thank you. My previous newest vehicle was an 05 ram 1500 it would do the normal feel it in the pedal when abs kicked in. This truck now is a 2012 I've never owned a vehicle that new so this issue is new to me with the noise it makes when the ABS engages. Thank you again

61,045

Just out of curiosity I was wondering how heavy your trailer is and if it has trailer brakes. I tow a lot and would not have a trailer without brakes.

Actually during this process I have figured out that my trailer brakes are not working correctly that is another issue that I'm having to address

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