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Brake problem I think there is a problem with my brakes. I drive and it feels like the brakes are on. Im not pressing on the brake and when i let go of the gas it slows down as if Im braking. My engine sounds fine and i can go thru the gears quite easily. However when i reach my higher gears I lose a lot of speed. right around the 3rd gear the engine is working fine but I loose speed. I checked my oil and my brake fluid, and topped them both off. I should also note a very heavy smell... I believe it maybe the smell of OVER USED brakes. Like when someone has been riding theyre brakes going down the mountain.

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Hi it sounds to me to be a sticking brake. my advice is to jack up each wheel and check if it rotates. it could be a sticking calliper on the ftont or rear. if it is the back wheel it could be a sticking handbrake cable. try wrigling the cable but make sure the car is secure before going under it.

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If your ranger has power brakes, you will have to replace the master cylinder and brake booster. Without power brakes, replace the master cylinder and check the rod that actuates the master cylinder to make sure that there is play between the cylinder and the brake pedal. Another place to check are possible front brake calipers sticking after the brake is applied, they will need replaced if the piston can't be forced back with a "C" clamp. Another problem area would be the flexible brake hose that leads to the calipers, they will get old an and deteriorate on the inside, not letting the brake fluid return to the master cylinder resulting in your condition.

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Hi I am vortash sounds to me as if one or more of your cylinder pistons may be sticking , to check which wheel it is just touch the edge of each one the offending one will be quite warm and may even be scalding hot so take care not to burn yourself ,, if it is take of wheel ( after jacking car up lol ) and smear a litlle copperite grease around the piston but dont get any on the pads then pump the brakes and see if that cures it if not you may have to strip them down and clean them then rebuild and bleed the system ... regards Vortash Ps if cable handbrake ( parking brake ) check cable isnt frayed or rusted jamming on the brakes ..

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