If your 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 brakes are not working properly, you might need to replace them. Fortunately, this is a simple process. With the right brake line diagram, you can replace them on your own and save a lot of money. After replacing the brakes, you should also check your brake fluid reservoir to make sure it is not low on brake fluid.
Replacement of brake lines
The brake line is made of steel and is cut above the gas tank. They can rust out over time, so they need to be replaced. They can be purchased for less than $50, and you can reroute them to the rear axle. Be sure to buy a new brake line with a new union.
1997 Dodge Ram 1500 Brake Line Diagram, The brake line connects the brake caliper to the wheel cylinder. It has two sections, a rigid metal section and a flexible brake hose. The flexible brake hose flexes with wheel and suspension movement to ensure the brakes work properly. The brake line can dry out and crack due to pressure caused by other problems in the brake system. If the brake pedal is low or does not pressurize, the brake system is faulty.
Inspection of brake fluid reservoir
If your brake fluid is low, it may be time to inspect your brake fluid reservoir on a 1997 Dodge Ram 1500. There may be corrosion inside the lines and they should be replaced immediately. Failure of the brakes can result in an accident that causes bodily injury or excess property damage.
Luckily, most vehicles now have a clear plastic reservoir in the engine compartment that’s easily accessible. These are known as master cylinders. They are located near the firewall of the engine compartment and are attached to the brake cylinder. Most newer vehicles feature a translucent reservoir with a “full” marking. The corresponding fluid level should be visible, and the brake pedal should feel firm.
1997 Dodge Ram 1500 Brake Line Diagram, To check the fluid level in the brake fluid reservoir on a 1997 Dodge Ram 1500, you can access the hood by removing the retaining clamp. The plastic reservoir provides an easy-to-read indication of the brake fluid level, and prevents dust and moisture from entering the system. The level should never be lower than the “MIN” line.
You can also check the brake fluid reservoir by pressing the brake pedal rapidly. You should notice a small amount of fluid flowing outward after pressing the brake pedal. If you notice no movement at all, you need to investigate a possible problem.