2000 ford ranger 4.0 V6..XLT..Just recently I have been having a problem with my emergency brake light staying on and flickering. The light go's off after awhile. The brake it self seems to pull, I can really tell that it is pulling now that there is some snow on the ground, and when i give it gas, the rear wants to pull. There is no god awful sound, no issued backing up or driving foward, other then that pulling / restraining. When i get out and check to see if their is any smoking or fire or anything like that, I just notice that the passanger rear brake drum is hot, when i go and touch it. Then i go over to the drivers side rear and that is cold, so i know it is on the passanger side. It is a Minnesota truck with no rust, almost 109,000 miles on it, no other problems with it.
Anyone know of any issues, or fixes for this problem..
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Re: Rear Passanger Side Brake
Crawl under it and check that cable. See if it tighter than the other side and has free play. It could need adjusting, or oiling. If you can't find anything. Pull the brake drum. Check the springs and all the moving parts. And one more thing, your automatic adjuster might have over tightened that side.
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The parking brake problem could have started the problem you are having in the coldest weather. Some may disagree but look carefully at the emergency cable parts. The cable is suppose to equalize the pressure to each wheel. Some of the rear brakes are made to automatically adjust the SERVICE brakes when you use the emergency brakes. Therefore if the emergency brakes are not automatically tightening the SERVICE brakes, you can get excessive play in the "star" wheel and the flat rod that spans both shoes.
This means that the brake cylinder pistons can travel
too far in the cylinder and are trying to bridge the gap. The hold-down pins and springs are loose too.
You can also have moisture in the rear brake lines and the "Brake warning light" is coming on because the proportioning valve is not returning to center in the lines. You should have a power bleed job with a cleaner run through the system and new fluid. That may fix the problem without checking the adjustment of the rear brakes.
change brake switch. my son just changed my brakes and the lights for both regular and emergency brakes stayed on, we changed the switch and now just the emergency brake needs adjusting so that light will go out too
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