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The truck drives forward fine (except a little hard to shift due to worn clutch) when put in reverse it goes and then the truck stops (like i slamed the breaks down) then i push the clutch and drive in reverse a little and then it stops again. I have to repeat this alot to reverse out of a parking spot

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  • Robert Ruppert
    Robert Ruppert May 01, 2015

    so i figured out that it is the passenger side rear tire that is locking up and it happens most of the time when i push in the clutch just a little bit

  • Tigre Noir
    Tigre Noir May 04, 2015

    Don't know the make and model of your truck but I had a 1976 Chevy that auto adjusted the drums brakes when it was driven in reverse. Sometimes it would get too tight and would loosen up when I drove forward. You might check the springs and clean out the grit+

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    Robert Ruppert May 04, 2015

    it is a 98 for ranger regular cab and bed 2wd 4cyl manual 5 speed trans. the thing that is really confusing me is that when i had it on jack stands it did not show the problem but when back on the road it came back and that it is only the right rear tire locking and not both

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If you know that the clutch is not working properly try repairing/adjusting it first. If the clutch is not engaging/disengaging it will act like a brake problem. You can also jack the truck up, take it out of gear; spin each wheel and apply the brake to see if each wheel will stop. Also apply the brake and see if you can spin each wheel.You will need a 2nd person for this. You must not put this truck on the road until you get these problems fixed.

Posted on May 03, 2015

Testimonial: "could it possibly be something to due with my abs as the light is on on the dash ( but i think it has been on for a while not sure though) is there a way to test to see if it is something to due with the abs?"

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    Robert Ruppert May 04, 2015

    ok so i put the truck on jack stands and spun the wheel and applied the breaks. all seemed to work properly so i started the truck and put in reverse on the jacks and the one tire the would lock did not lock up ( left rear) i tried this several times so i put it on the road and tested again and the right rear tire locked up again in reverse when the clutch was pressed in just a little All 5 forward gears have no problem

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    Robert Ruppert May 04, 2015

    "could it possibly be something to due with my abs as the light is on on the dash ( but i think it has been on for a while not sure though) is there a way to test to see if it is something to due with the abs?

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    Robert Ruppert May 04, 2015

    ok so i tried to adjust brakes so as to not make contact and the problem is still hapening. Now the thing that is really bugging me is that when i had the rear up on jack stands there seem to be no problem . I put it on the ground to test it and the problem is back"

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You can adjust the brake shoes so they don't contact the drum. Disconnecting isn't likely to help you, other than make a mess when you can't stop at all.

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Testimonial: "ok so i tried to adjust brakes so as to not make contact and the problem is still hapening. Now the thing that is really bugging me is that when i had the rear up on jack stands there seem to be no problem . I put it on the ground to test it and the problem is back"

  • Jay Plesset May 03, 2015

    Your problem may have nothing to do with the brakes. You have overdrive? I remember a car where overdrive got stuck on, and reverse acted just like what you describe.

  • Robert Ruppert
    Robert Ruppert May 04, 2015

    no overdrive 5 speed manual trans

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If you have drum brakes on the rear then there may be a problem of incorrectly fitted shoes or bad adjustment

Posted on May 02, 2015

Testimonial: "the brakes have not been touched in a few years I took off the drum and it looked to all still be in order is it possible to somehow disconnect just that break to see if the problem stops?"

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  • Bill Boyd May 03, 2015

    interesting problem. will you supply more information as to the make of vehicle , type of suspension front and rear ( coil spring, leaf spring, independent front and rear, solid doff housing front and rear, drive shaft is one piece of with a centre bearing, 4 wheel drive etc). I need this sort of information so that I can create a chart of possible faults that would result in your problem

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    Robert Ruppert May 04, 2015

    it is a 1998 ford ranger regular cab and bed 4 cylinder engine no 4wd manual trans

  • Bill Boyd May 04, 2015

    what about the suspension information
    what you have given is still light on

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    Robert Ruppert May 04, 2015

    independent front rear axle ( i believe limited slip) coil spring front
    leaf spring rear 2wd

  • Bill Boyd May 04, 2015

    You have stated that it only occurs on one rear wheel when going backwards. I suspect that with leaf springs, there is a problem in the rubber insulators around the spring and a broken centre bolt for the spring
    This would allow the axle to move to the rear in reverse and that would tighten up the hand brake cable on that side thereby putting the brake on in reverse
    It would not happen on stands as there is no action to try to move the weight of the vehicle rearwards
    I remember some where that you said that it is a 98 model so the rubbers and the centre bolt are very much suspect
    On some vehicles there is a steel cover either side of the insulators and when the edges of the covers touch ,that is the required load on the insulators
    However old rubbers shrink and water gets to the bolt but cannot get out hence the rust and broken bolts.
    If this idea proves good then do both centre bolts and all rubber insulators.

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    Robert Ruppert May 04, 2015

    I inspected the bolts and leaf spring and axle and nothing is broke and there is no indication that the axle has been moving ( no rub marks ) I just noticed the abs light is on ( not sure if it has been on before or not ) . could it be an abs issue for just the brake? or could a rear differential or transmission cause just 1 tire to lock only in reverse?

  • Bill Boyd May 04, 2015

    The abs just keeps pedal pressure in the line when there is intermittent turning of the wheel
    It doesn't know if the wheel is moving forward or reverse
    If there is a diff centre problem, you can test that by placing the rear end on stands, placing it in gear with the engine at idle so that the rear wheels are turning and hold one wheel. The opposite wheel will turn in the reverse direction
    thee may be some low noise as the diff will be operating in the spider gears but it should turn smoothly
    be careful because if you have a limited slip diff it will make the wheel you are holding try to turn as well

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If your rear differential has an inspection cover, remove it and inspect the gears. It never hurts to change the fluid and gasket.

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Would help to know what Box is in the truck Is it a crash box syncro or auto manual. If it is a chash box drive without the clutch

Posted on May 04, 2015

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    Robert Ruppert May 04, 2015

    not sure what you mean by what box. i can tell you that it is a manual 5 speed transmission you can not drive without using the clutch

  • Mr R D Cochrane
    Mr R D Cochrane May 05, 2015

    By BOX I was referring to the gear box (transmission) Are you getting it fully into reverse? If nor is it jumping out of reverse and hitting a forward gear (which will pull the unit up) than slipping into neutral. Check the gear linkages are OK when you get the clutch fixed

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