2001 Dodge Ram 2500 Replace the Rear Drum Brakes

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Your 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 was outfitted with front disc brakes which used brake pads. Although rear disc brakes were offered as an option for the 2500, the vast majority of trucks came with rear drum brakes that used brake shoes. If you hear grinding coming from your rear brakes when you come to a stop it is a sign that you probably need to change the rear brake shoes. Replacement time will take about an hour.

Tools Used[edit]

Tire iron
Tire jack
Jack stands
Rubber mallet
Brake shoes

Replace the Rear Drum Brakes[edit]

  • Loosen the lug nuts on your Ram 2500's rear tires with your tire iron. Set the jack under your rear frame and elevate the truck high enough to slide the jack stands under your rear end's frame. Lower the truck down on the jack stands. Fully remove all lug nuts and pull both rear tires off.
  • Open the hood of your Dodge pickup and locate your brake fluid reservoir and master cylinder. On your Dodge 2500 it is mounted on the driver's side firewall. Remove the reservoir cap and set it aside.
  • Pull the brake drum off of both back wheels. You can use a rubber mallet to tap it slightly if they do not come off easily.
  • Use pliers to take off the springs that hold the old brake shoes in place on the driver's side and then take off the old shoes. Set the new brake shoes in position and then re-attach the fastening springs with your pliers. Repeat this process for the passenger side.
  • Place both rear brake drums back on. Tap them in place with the rubber mallet if need be.
  • Put both back tires back on and tighten the lug nuts with your tire iron. Jack your Dodge up enough so that you have enough clearance to remove the jack stands and then take them out. Lower your Ram 2500 to the ground and pull tire jack out.
  • Get into your 2500 and pump the brakes to help seat them. Also replace any brake fluid that may have spilled while you were replacing your brake shoes and close the lid.