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Re: 1989 Ford ranger rear antilock light on rear brakes...
Metal particles on the trigger wheel sensor of the rear differential case, this causes a loose of signal and the light to come on. also a broken tooth on the trigger wheel inside the diff can cause this or a dirty/corroded connection to the sensor from water intrusion.
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The brake pressure modulator valve is the heart of the abs and traction control systems. A fault in this part would cause the abs and traction control lights to come on as well as the service stability system. If this valve fails, the wheels could possibly lock up. If you were to experience the wheels locking up, you should pump the brakes to regain control over the vehicle.
A drum brake shoe lining may have become separated from the metal pad that holds it in place and will cause the wheel to lock. The only repair necessary is to replace the brake linings with new ones. The loose piece of brake lining, if this is the cause, will not likely cause any difficulty removing the drum.