Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts!

Go Back   Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts! > >
Forgot Password? Join Us!

Welcome to Ford Ranger Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread

  #1  
Old 09-10-2010, 09:31 AM
Dan Woodland Dan Woodland is offline
Ford Truck Driver
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 80
Default Squeaking brakes

Hi all,

I have a 97 XLT with squeaking rear brakes. It only makes noise just before I stop completely. Before I inherited my truck from my Dad he had a "pro" look at it but he could not find anything obviously wrong.

Anyone else have this issue or one of you hands on guys have a suggestion beyond replacing the rear shoes or having the drums turned/replaced?

Thanks in advance.
__________________
Dan
1997 XLT , Splash suspension
5 speed , Regular Cab
60/40 split bench
All Original, 165K miles (complete brake job)
Clutch, master and slave, timing belt 110K
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-10-2010, 09:39 AM
FireRanger FireRanger is offline
Blinded by the light
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 7,674
Send a message via AIM to FireRanger
Default Re: Squeaking brakes

How many miles? The shoes are probably shot.
__________________
(Formerly)
FireRanger
2003 Edge 4.0 4wd

How to: Aux light wiring, relays, & fuses
Info: 300+ intake threads here on FRF
Info: HID Projectors
How To: NO HEAT Troubleshooting Guide
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-10-2010, 10:44 AM
Dan Woodland Dan Woodland is offline
Ford Truck Driver
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 80
Default Re: Squeaking brakes

117K on the truck. I was told the back brakes are new"ish" so I don't really know. I have found the Florida (where the truck is originally from) heat can often make things wear and fail much more quickly than here in Ohio. I guess you're right replacing them will only cost me some time and a few bucks. Thanks.
__________________
Dan
1997 XLT , Splash suspension
5 speed , Regular Cab
60/40 split bench
All Original, 165K miles (complete brake job)
Clutch, master and slave, timing belt 110K
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-10-2010, 12:07 PM
FireRanger FireRanger is offline
Blinded by the light
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 7,674
Send a message via AIM to FireRanger
Default Re: Squeaking brakes

I'm not sure it's hot enough to cause them to fail faster but it is certainly plausible. Take the tires off, pull the drums off, and take a look. You can easily tell if the shoes are worn down by looking at them. Give everything a good cleaning with some brake parts cleaner, make sure nothing is falling apart. If the shoes aren't worn out and the drums aren't shot, put it all back together and see if it still makes noise. If not, you win. If so, hmmmm.
__________________
(Formerly)
FireRanger
2003 Edge 4.0 4wd

How to: Aux light wiring, relays, & fuses
Info: 300+ intake threads here on FRF
Info: HID Projectors
How To: NO HEAT Troubleshooting Guide
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-10-2010, 12:44 PM
Dan Woodland Dan Woodland is offline
Ford Truck Driver
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 80
Default Re: Squeaking brakes

Looks like Ford Ranger maintenance weekend for me.

Thanks for the help.
__________________
Dan
1997 XLT , Splash suspension
5 speed , Regular Cab
60/40 split bench
All Original, 165K miles (complete brake job)
Clutch, master and slave, timing belt 110K
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-18-2010, 08:52 AM
Melbob1156 Melbob1156 is offline
Learning to use the forums
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 11
Default Re: Squeaking brakes

Most squeal comes from brake dust. Remove the drums and blow out all the dust. File or grind a 45 degree (approx) angle on the ends of the "lining". Check and be sure the auto brake adjusters work properly and the shoes are centered when drum is reinstalled. Manually adjust the brakes when reassembled.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-19-2010, 07:49 PM
Dan Woodland Dan Woodland is offline
Ford Truck Driver
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 80
Default Re: Squeaking brakes

Thanks for the ideas Melbob1156. They looked good when taken apart this weekend but I'll take them apart again and file the ~45 degree angle on the linings.

I get why to take the edge off the linings but is this a normal or common procedure to fix squeaking?
__________________
Dan
1997 XLT , Splash suspension
5 speed , Regular Cab
60/40 split bench
All Original, 165K miles (complete brake job)
Clutch, master and slave, timing belt 110K
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-20-2010, 09:23 PM
Dan Woodland Dan Woodland is offline
Ford Truck Driver
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 80
Default Re: Squeaking brakes

Break problem solved!! I asked a mechanic friend to look at the rear brakes. He immediately noticed the drums were shinny. I had the drums turned and scuffed the pads, wah la!! No more squeak, no more lock ups and it brakes like dream now!

Thanks for all your help guys.
__________________
Dan
1997 XLT , Splash suspension
5 speed , Regular Cab
60/40 split bench
All Original, 165K miles (complete brake job)
Clutch, master and slave, timing belt 110K
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 10-25-2010, 12:42 PM
Dan Woodland Dan Woodland is offline
Ford Truck Driver
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 80
Default Re: Squeaking brakes

This problem reoccurred so I looked into it again.... here's what I found.

http://www.fordrangerforum.com/gener...e-problem.html
__________________
Dan
1997 XLT , Splash suspension
5 speed , Regular Cab
60/40 split bench
All Original, 165K miles (complete brake job)
Clutch, master and slave, timing belt 110K
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
1992 ranger squeaking Twiglesworth General Tech 9 11-10-2010 08:38 AM
Squeaking noise front end. Fritz 51 Drivetrain Tech 2 09-01-2010 09:35 PM
Unknown Squeaking? HELP! Drewman123 General Tech 2 07-19-2010 01:34 PM
Squeaking in reverse BigT8600 Drivetrain Tech 1 05-27-2010 10:42 AM
Squeaking coming from back of truck mari0 General Tech 12 05-22-2009 10:28 PM