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Brake issues. Alright, i've asked this questions of about 5 different mechanically inclined family members, and none of them seem to have the same opinion. The problem is this, my truck, a 1986 Ford Ranger that originally came with a 2.3 L4, is having the rear right drum brake lock completely when attempting to go forwards, but releases upon reverse. The front brakes also irritate me by not releasing entirely. The wheels will still roll, but when i release the gas while forcing it to move against it's will, the truck pitches foward like i'm applying the the brake when i'm not. Suggestions covered so far: Swollen brake lines. Locked calipers. Faulty linkage. (rear drum) Shoty workmanship on he who swapped my engine. I'm thinking it could be the swollen lines, or locked calipers for the front, but the rear is annoying me like crazy. I'd have figured it out already had i been around a lift, but no one has the equipment. Anyone ever have this problem before?

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  • Tomjch19 Mar 07, 2009

    I have the same problem with my 91 Explorer. Did you ever figure this out? I've replaced everything, except for the backing plate.

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    Right rear wheel locking. Gets red hot to the touch and smells like it's burning. Cannot identify problem.

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Have you done brake work recently because it sounds like the self adjuster was put in backwards (the cable inside the drum) what you need to do is get a book and review the brake other wise i would say someone was spinning tire while in reverse with brake on if that is the case youll have to get a brake spoon and loosen the brake but this is definately an over adjustment issue next time dont hold brake while spinning in reverse

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OK! Front brakes not releases all the way; bad calipers or rotten insides on your flex lines (acting as a check valve holding some pressure). Rear- replace hardware and wheel cylinder,( make sure the smaller shoe is on the front halve of backing plate or it will catch and lockup.)

Posted on Nov 29, 2008

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