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#49 of 165 1990 Ford Ranger Brakes
Dec 23, 2007 (3:10 pm)
I unfortunately own a 1990 ford ranger 2wd truck. While replacing the rear drums, neither would slide easily over the shoes, thus a sledge hammer was brought in. Now the entire rear axle is in a state of almost seizure, I'm assuming the shoes haven't retracted and are binding against the drums, or the drums are not seated squarely, despite dozens of heavy hits with a hammer. I've tried tightening the lug bolts down and they're at almost 200ft-lbs with the wheels still seized up.
Would I have to adjust the shoes via the star-wheel, or are they self-adjusting, and will seat after a steady dose of RPM's, dropping the clutch and a slam into reverse?
PS- All things considered, I'm actually serious about my suggested remedy
#50 of 165 Re: 1990 Ford Ranger Brakes [ryan77300d]
Dec 23, 2007 (3:48 pm)
I don't have much to say about this post.
Because I think the Host will delete what I want to say, and, at least, send me a warning email, probably suspend me, if I would say what I want to say.
Actually, rather than you 'unfortunately owning' a Ranger, it appears an unfortunate Ranger is owned by you, a person with a sledge hammer.
#51 of 165 Re: 1990 Ford Ranger Brakes [bolivar]
Dec 23, 2007 (4:11 pm)
But the cause of the problem could also be the solution. The sledgehammer that is. He should try to remove the drums using the exact method he used to install.
#52 of 165 Re: 1990 Ford Ranger Brakes [bolivar]
Dec 23, 2007 (6:53 pm)
I realize my methods of maintenance on this truck are rather unorthodox, I do however, have extensive knowledge of how to do everything auto-related, I don't think, however, that this vehicle is one to actually put any effort towards.
Besides, why should I put effort into maintaining a vehicle which someone didn't even bother to put effort into when designing it?
An unfortunate Ranger it is indeed.
#53 of 165 Need More Braking Power
Feb 17, 2008 (9:29 am)
I have replaced the internal combustion engine in a 1987 Ford Ranger with an electric motor and (more importantly relative to this post) 1400 pounds of batteries. The Ranger had a 2.3L L4 FI OHV engine with Rear Wheel Drive only.
The state inspectors checked it out with some kind of inertia piece of equipment and claimed that the brakes did not stop it quickly enough. The electric motor kit includes a vacuum pump to handle the vacuum assist and we have included a barbecue size propane tank vacuum reservoir to help with the assist.
Are there any ideas as to where we could get the most increase in braking power for the least amount of effort and expense? We are considering increasing the vacuum shut off switch to get more vacuum, hopefully, using a larger vacuum reservoir or installing a new master cylinder and vacuum booster.
#54 of 165 ABS & Brake light
Mar 03, 2008 (9:14 am)
I have a 1997 ford ranger and the ABS & the brake light are both on at the same time any sugestions.
#55 of 165 Need More Braking Power
Mar 03, 2008 (1:25 pm)
After getting several replies to the original question on different forums replies to the following two questions would really be helpful.
Has anyone out there actually done an upgrade to the larger 2 piston calipers from the newer (93-97) rangers on the equivalent of a 1987 Ranger with 2 wheel drive? Is there a kit available? Is there welding involved with the upgrade?
Same thing with upgrade to 10 inch drums on the back. Has anyone done this on the equivalent of a 1987 Ranger 2 wheel drive? Is there a kit available? What kind of processes are required. Is it a matter of unbolting the 9 inch and bolting back in the 10 inch or is hack sawing and welding involved or perhaps a whole new axle required?
#56 of 165 Re: ABS & Brake light [rangerdude1]
Mar 03, 2008 (1:47 pm)
Back in Jan 06 the ABS light on my 98 Ranger would illuminate sometimes after a hard stop but other times for no seeming reason. I took it to my mechanic and they replaced the rotors and brake pads, checked the calipers on the front wheels and cleaned and lubricated the sliders. On the back wheels they cleaned and adjusted the brakes. That corrected the problem.
#57 of 165 Re: ABS & Brake light [rangerdude1]
Mar 04, 2008 (2:21 am)
First thing to check is the fluid level in the master cylinder. Low fluid can cause the ABS light to come on when you use the brake.
#58 of 165 ABS & Brake light
Mar 06, 2008 (5:19 pm)
they don't come on when I'm Braking they are on all the time and never go off & I don't know why.