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My truck 02 Ram 1500 QC(5.9l, 4x4, 60,200 miles) has recently been shaking while I am braking. I don't feel it much in the wheel. I do feel it in the brake pedal more than the wheel. Rotors and pads were replaced about 15k miles ago.
I also heard a "thud, thud, thud" sound coming from what I think is the front passenger wheel area. The thuds become faster as I go faster.
Anybody know what the problem(s) might be?
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Check the wheel bearing. Jack up the truck and see if there's any play in the tire. Since you just replaced the brakes 15k miles ago, I would start there. Then also look and make sure the brakes were installed properly and everything is secure. But I would be leaning towards the bearing.
the best thing to do if you can remove them yourself is take them to a napa or orielys, and have them turned normally 10-15 dollars a pc. if you do not know how to remove take them where you had your brakes done and have them turn them. And honda, he said they are new with only 15k miles on them. no reason to get new ones!!!!
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It is fairly consistent until I am slowed to idle speeds.
With that along with your pedal vibration and NOT your steering wheel vibrating....Yes, sounds like your rotors.
Biggest thing about the rotors is their make-up(quality of metals).
Break-in procedure is pretty important and I don't know why it's not stressed enough. This requires bedding the pads to the rotors by doing 5 or 6 heavy braking from 50mph-5mph all directly in a row, then go easy for a few times from like 25/30mph-10mph but NOT in a orw. pretty much the 2nd part is normal driving back home from your heavy braking efforts.
Rotors also warp when you get them hot and drive through a puddle or car wash. The instant cold on super hot metals is no good.
Although it's uncommon for the rear to have the vibrations in these trucks, I wouldn't rule them out completely. just make sure there is no rust or major grooving goin on back there.