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Old 05-30-2009, 10:56 AM
RangerDeb RangerDeb is offline
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Default master cylinder

I have a 2005 Ford Ranger, xlt, automatic 3.0 cylinder which I purchased new. I now have 51,000 miles on it. My brake peddle is mushy and I took it to Ford to be checked out. They say it's the master cylinder which makes sense from the symptoms. Along with that it needs front pads, disc are not worn evenly and the brake system needs to be flushed because of the bad seals on the master cylinder.

I understand trucks require maintance, but my Ford F150 never had a master cylinder problem even at 130,000. The brakes were fine up to 80,000, Is this typical for a Ranger? Do the brakes wear that quickly as a rule?

I tow a lightweight Casita camper that has electric brakes. Could this have contributed to the problem?
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Old 06-16-2009, 04:47 AM
beaujt beaujt is offline
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sometimes stuff just goes out. My ranger is a 93 with 165,000 miles, and my master cylinder just went bad. But a "mushy" peddle isn't necessarily a bad master cylinder. You could have a leak in your brake line, air in the line, or just bad brake pads, bad calipers(or goin bad)... there's a list of stuff. Now if you lose brake pedal pressure while you have your foot down on the pedal, i'd definitely change it quick haha(thats what mine was doin). I actually had to set the parking brake at lights in town while i had to run and get the part.

As for your brake wear, it depends on the quality of brakes used, and what kind of a driver you are. and needless to say, i have a tough time believing everything a dealership tells me, so it might be a good idea for you to check everything yourself, and if you don't know enough to do that, get educated. people don't screw ya when you know what you're talking about... i.e. a tire place wanted to replace a lower ball joint in my truck for a $150, well i went and bough the part, got a press and spent $15 for the ball joint and did it myself. Just to give ya an example.
93 ranger ext. cab 4.0L auto 6" SJ/custom lift--37" super swamper truxs M/T tires--lock rite locker w/ 4.56 gears up front--warn hubs--exploder 8.8 w/ disc brakes 4.56 gears and detriot locker--one-piece driveline--bushwacker cut-out flares--Bilstein 5150 shocks--2 10" xcite subs w/ 1600W Crunch amp-- tinted windows

waiting for: dual steering stabilizer, put on 3" body lift(in my room), dual shock setup, electric fan, possible SAS with a waggy D44
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Old 09-10-2010, 11:24 PM
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Default 2005 ford ranger 3.0

a strange thing happened yesterday, I was driving and suddenly, my dash battery light, abs light came on. I punched the gas pedal for a quick acceloration and then the light went away. Can someone help with this if anyone has experienced the same problem. thanks
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