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Old 01-31-2013, 11:16 PM
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Default Parking brake installation problems

2001 Ford Ranger Brake Problem with 150000 miles
I have a 2001 Ford Ranger XLT, 4 L, V6 4WD with 10" rear drums.

Three questions:
1) Does the left hand (i.e., driver side) parking brake cable go in front of or behind the right hand parking brake cable before they attach to the equalizer? I know the left hand parking brake goes under and around the rear leaf springs, but I'm not sure if from there whether it goes in front of or behind the right hand parking cable.
2) I got a new left hand parking brake cable and the front side on the factory cable had a retainer clip that locked it into the equalizer. The part I purchased does not have a retainer clip. Can I connect the left hand parking brake cable to the equalizer without the retainer clip or do I need to somehow purchase one?
3) Once I have the RH parking brake cable attached to the equalizer, how do I easily attach the LH cable to the intermediate cable. I have the connector on the intermediate cable and I know I have to stretch the LH cable and it slides in the slot, but how do I stretch the cable to reach? Right now, I pull as hard as I can and I am still several inches short. Is there an easy way to do this? On '01 Ranger's at least, there is no way to adjust the cable tension. The cables are a set length and don't need to be manually adjusted for length. I'm hoping not to have to mess with the pedal, since I didn't have to do this to get it apart.

Thanks for your help!
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:15 AM
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Do you mean this? The upper cable in this photo goes to the LR wheel, the lower cable goes to RR wheel.



Do you mean the new cable has no retainer crimped onto its end?
Can you remove your old one, by hammering an awl (or a nail) into to release its grasp of the cable? Then I would reuse your old one (if possible), or else just use a bench vice to crush (crimp) another makeshift one into place.

There are a couple more photos that might give you ideas, in here: http://imgur.com/a/WpQR8

Oh, and you DID release the e-brake foot pedal, right? My cable was easy to grip & reconnect the equalizer by hand, without any tools. If yours is a few inches short, then I suspect you don't have the correct cable.
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:06 PM
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I just replaced the left rear on mine. I had my buddy compress the spring that hooks to the brake shoe while I pulled the other end into the retainer clamp. Having an extra set of hands made it a lot easier.
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:45 PM
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Thanks cvar! That's exactly what I am talking about. The link you provided showed the exact view I was looking for. What's interesting is the view that you showed has a spring holding the equalizer in place....my truck didn't have one. I presume it fell off. How critical is this part? This could have been the root cause of why my parking brake started to stick in the first place? I checked fordparts and it is no longer available unless you pay some excessive fee. I guess I could check the local junkyards.

Parking brake has been released. After hours of back and forth between ford.com, several ford dealers, etc. it seems I was sold the wrong part. There are two types of LH parking brake cables for 2001 Ford Rangers....one is for standard suspension and the latter is for heavy suspension, which apparently comes with the 4L options with the offroad package. I will pick up the heavy suspension one tomorrow and see how it goes.

Prages, thanks for the tip. I realized another set of hands would be hugely helpful, when I was trying to awkwardly push the spring in on the drum assembly with my boot while trying to get the cable to reach. Hopefully with the new part, I get a bit more cable and this isn't an issue. But, I will definitely use your tip!

Super appreciative for your help! You saved me hours of frustration!!
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:41 AM
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I dunno what that spring does? Perhaps it helps the e-brake foot pedal release? But it's not very strong, really. I suspect it just avoids cable sagging along the stretch that's below the driver's door. If so, that's mostly cosmetic.
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:45 AM
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My truck didn't have the spring either. It may have had one at one point, but I know it hasn't had one for the last 5 years or more.
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:57 AM
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Parking brake has been released. !
What do you mean the brake is released? There is a certain way to release and slacken the cable. If you don't know how to do this I will post a picture for you. let me know if you need it. I am not on my computer now where the pic is

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Old 02-02-2013, 09:32 AM
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Release the brake and have someone underneath pull the cable toward the rear. When the cable is pulled as far as it will go stick a screwdriver in that hole all the way in. Then have the person let go of the cable. the screwdriver will hold the brake in place and the cable will have slack in it. Make the repair then pull out the screwdriver.

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Release the brake and have someone underneath pull the cable toward the rear. When the cable is pulled as far as it will go stick a screwdriver in that hole all the way in. Then have the person let go of the cable. the screwdriver will hold the brake in place and the cable will have slack in it. Make the repair then pull out the screwdriver.

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If the screwdriver in the hole WASN'T done before replacing cables, is it necessary to pull the parking brake pedal assembly OFF and retension the spring inside the assembly? If so, how? I think that's why I'm getting almost no hold even with pedal pushed to the floor on my 99 Ranger.
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