brake shoes on an angle????
Hi everybody, first post here. I have a 2000 Ranger 4X4 extra cab V6 4.0 liter. Bought it with 38,000 miles it now has 100,000. I have replaced the rear (drum) brakes several times on this vehicle and I'm pretty sure I've only done the front (disc) brakes once. Had the brakes checked at a dealership last summer and they saw nothing wrong with them.
Here's the problem (s). If I hit the brakes even a bit too hard/ fast, the drivers side rear wheel temporarily locks up, (scares a lot of people). It only does it if I hit it too hard or fast, and only for a second or "while" I'm holding it. The wheel spins freely and doing "another" brake job yesterday the drum came off easily. However..... when reinstalling either the new or the old drum yesterday, I noticed that the drum was going on at a serious angle in relation to the backing plate. When the bottom left side of the drum was touching the backing plate, the top left side was more than an inch away from the backing plate. My first thought was that the shoes weren't sitting tight on the backing plate. They checked out OK. Then I thought the backing plate was bent but if that was the case the drum would line up correctly with it. All I can assume is that the backing plate is somehow wrong (passenger side plate installed on drivers side??) and is not allowing the shoes to sit properly. I am 51 and have done many brake jobs. I doubt I could have screwed up this installation multiple times in a row. The passenger side brakes had very little wear but I replaced both anyway.
I have no obvious wear on the rear tires.
I cannot afford a disc conversion at this time.