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Brake drum ford 2004 ranger all parts replaced and drums will not go on. even let off some of the brake fluid can you help

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  • donnariczu Sep 07, 2009

    Thanks but no I have the right drum. Did get it together though. The problem was - the red spring on the parking brake strut was out by about 10 mm.
    You see it was hooked under where it was suppose to sit and would not let me collaps the shoes all the way to slip the drum on. All is well and both sides are done now and will bleed and test today but thanks for your help.
    PS Two weeks ago I did buy the wrong shoe and drum size so its been a big learning curve around here.

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2004 ranger has 2 different size drums 9" and 10" (the difference is actually less than an inch). It sounds as if you've got the wrong drums.

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