Rear wheels lock up when I brake on my ranger 2001

Discussion in '1998 - 2011 Ford Ranger' started by voiture, May 13, 2013.

  1. voiture

    voiture New Member

    Hi, For the past few weeks my rear wheels lock up when I brake a little more then a soft tap.Half of my rear shoes are cracked left and right side. Ford dealer says I need to change the shoes and drum to fix the problem(after their $400 fee)(the shoes were replaced and drums resurfaced a year and a half ago, driven 15000miles since)
    An other shop repair was certain that the cracked shoes are not the real problem and decided not to change them, but mentioned a pressure metering valve or proportioning valve(are these valves the same thing?) I keep reading different things on the net about any of those valved being removed from ranger after the 90s. Would anyone have any information? or any other suggestions on why this problem is happening? Do wheels lock up normally if shoes are not too used but cracked? I havent changed the parts yet and can only drive slowly and locally to stay safe.
    Thank you,

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  3. Hooligan

    Hooligan Rangerholic!!

    I think first you should have replaced those drums instead of re surfacing them (my opinion). I have never heard of that happening unless your front brakes and rotors are shot and the truck is relying on the rear brakes alone. I think you should replace the drums, Make sure your front brakes are all good, then bleed the brake lines and see how that goes. Please let us know how things go down the line, I would like to know what the issue turns out to be.

    PS: Welcome to the site!
  4. Scrambler82

    Scrambler82 Old Guy User

    Loosen the rear adjuster by hand (screw driver or adjusting tool in the little slot on the bottom of the backing plate) and then do some backup braking to readjust them using the self-adjusters in the system.
    Let the system decide where it wants to be.
    It requires a little extra pressure on the peddle but not too much extra.
  5. hhachatz

    hhachatz New Member

    i had this problem for about a year. the gaage said there was a fluid leak making the brakes wet. Just got it back today. we'll see if it fixed it.
  6. Belvader

    Belvader New Member

    keep it that way, cause I sense this could make a cool ass drifter just my $0.02 though

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