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With transmisson is in reverse acts like the emergency brake is on

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It is possible that a Emergency Brake Holddown clip is broken. There are guides built into the Brakeshoe mounts which keep the Brakeshoes from moving out of place.

When the Brakeshoe comes loose it can stay tucked in place in one direction; but when you reverse direction the loose end of the shoe catches the drum portion of the rear Rotor and jams or locks up.

The E brakes are also bad about peeling off the lining from the E brakeshoe. You need the E brake because the Service brakes do not have "Diagonal Safety" braking. There is only 1 main line going to a Tee fitting for the rear Service brakes.

Temporarily, you can gut the E brakes so you can move your Vehicle. Take off the shoes, springs, etc. and then drive to a Brake shop. If you want to fix everything yourself, you will need to TURN the drum portion of the rear Rotor at a minimum. If you do not have tools to remove the rear Calipers, etc. you will need a Flatbed towtruck.

If you have an Autoclub membership, call around for repair prices and coordinate the Towtruck with the Repair facility.

Posted on Sep 17, 2010

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  • Daryl Brewer
    Daryl Brewer Sep 17, 2010

    My expedition has disk-brakes on the rear,it happens worse when the vehicle is hot,I'm going to change the transmisson fluid and filter,and see what happens,thanks for the help.

  • fordexpert Sep 19, 2010

    The rear Rotors have drums inside the inner portion of them. The drum portion is for the E brakes.

  • fordexpert Sep 19, 2010

    If you follow the E Brake cable back to the wheel, you will see the cable attaching to the Brake backing plate. The caliper will be on the outside of the Rotor, the E brake will be behind the backing plate and in the center of the Rotor.

  • Anonymous Oct 10, 2013

    I had similar problems and ended up calling a flatbed trucking company in Henderson, CO and they helped me out and did a great job!

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