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We have a 2002 Dodge Ram. When you step on the brake it rides real rough. It\*s harsher then a warped Brake Rotor. Can you tell me what this might be? Thank you!

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Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Betsy, You wrote: HI Lori, There is very little pulsating and a lot of vibration, There is a bit of noise from the vibration once the pedal is used. There is not the normal pulsating associated with this as I had quite a bit of trouble with my 2006 impala. Can you also help me understand something too. I'm 46 and grew up around construction equiptment. Actually fixing and repairing and My dad had told me these few things. 1. do not step on your brakes going through standing water, mud puddles, water in the road, etc. that it would warp the rotors. 2. do not step on the brakes going over rail road tracks and speed bumps as it messes up the front end allignment. Are these statements true? Were they true with old disc and drum brakes and no longer an issue with the new brakes. My hubby and I are at each other over these two delimnas! thank you for your help, betsy chaplin I would have the suspension checked. It's possible that something else is wrong and you're feeling it through the brakes. As for the other questions, I have never heard of either of them. I can't think of any reason why braking in water would warp a rotor. Most of the time rotors get warped when the shop tightens the lugs nuts too tight. Driving through water would not affect this. As for braking on railroad tracks, I can't think of any reason why this would cause and alignment problem. I would have to say, to the best of my knowledge, that neither of these things is true. Lori Johnson

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