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1986 Ford Ranger rear brake drums

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Time to get out some agression!

This will be a messy and rusty job. you'll need a big heavy hammer and a couple of pry bars to get the drums off.
before you proceed with taking your frustrations out on rusty drums, scrape as much as the crud off of the backing plate as possible, hopefully you'll find a oval rubber plug or two in the plate.
pull out the plugs and look through them with a light to see if you can see a little gear inside. you can use a small pry bar to turn the gear, which when turned the right way, will let the drum spin freely without any rubbing on the shoes. if no plug...the drums come off with just a bit more effort, either way the process is the same from here on out:

start by using the big hammer and hitting the face of the drum (where the wheel mates to it) hit the outside edge of it all the way around with a bunch of force. don't worry about damage, it's very hard to hurt the originals anyway. you should have a whole bunch of dirt and soot falling to the ground if you're doing it right.

Next, go to the back side of the drum and criss crossing with every few hits to jar one side and then another, thry to knock the drum off the axle until you can get the pry bars between the drum and the backing plate. sometimes the drum will come off just from using the hammer.

oce you can get the pry bars in, just use them as levers to "walk" the drum off.

once they come off, replace any broken springs, bad shoes, and wheel cylinders that are leaking. ( check the wheel cylinders by pulling back the rubber seals at each end of the cylinder, if there is fluid in the seals, the wheel cylinders are leaking and should be replaced.)

after everything looks good, turn the little gear a little bit at a time, and try to put the new drum on. once the new drum slides one the shoes, (it should take a little effort to get them on) spin them a few times and listen for a steady drag of the shoes rubbing. you should be able to spin them with little effort, and they should slow down fairly quickly. if they stop right when you let go, they're a bit tight (loosen the adjuster) if they keep spinning and spinning with little drag, they're too loose (tighten the adjuster)

hope the job goes well!

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Your brakes are over adjusted or incorrectly fitted

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Copy and paste this into your search window: 2002 ford ranger rear brake diagram

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