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99 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel, Brake pull, Band-Aids and BS
Q: My truck has just started pulling to the right while braking. I am told that nothing can be done about this except removal of the right tire and installation of a spacer plate behind the tire. Will this make the tire stick out further? This sounds like a Band-Aid fix. Also there is a recall on the trailer hitch and they say they will bolt it back together. I tow a huge boat and worry about both of these Band-Aid repairs. The dealer says mistakes happen and not to worry.

A: Well you’re just one of over 357,000 Dodge truck owners that have a problem with their trailer hitch. There is a safety recall, Manufacturer Campaign # 872 addressing problems with ‘99 Dodge Ram trucks manufactured from Jan ‘98 to Sept. of ‘99.. It seems that the pickup trucks equipped with an optional trailer hitch were manufactured using material with insufficient strength. The material in these hitches could fatigue and fracture in the area where the trailer hitch mounts to the frame.

The dealer will inspect the trailer hitches and replace any trailer hitch showing signs of fatigue cracking. If no evidence of cracking exists, the dealer will install two reinforcement brackets. Because this is a safety recall, the inspection and repairs are at no cost to the vehicle owner. Get to the dealer for the fix before your boat passes you on the highway!

As for installing a spacer behind the wheel to correct a brake pull, it’s no BS. It does sound like a Band-Aid for an engineering problem but it is the fix. The spacer moves the wheel out just enough to allow the suspension geometry to cancel out the pull caused during braking. If the spacer doesn’t work then you have brake problems. Back to the drawing board.

 

 
     
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