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