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Old 10-28-2012, 11:45 AM
tarheels21 tarheels21 is offline
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Default Trying to diagnose brakes

So I have a few things going wrong with the truck and maybe that will help figure out what the problem is. I drive a 2000 ford ranger XLT supercab 3.0l V6
1. Brake pedal goes all the way to the floor. Stops fine. If I slowly brake doesn't go to the floor. Has been going on for over a year probably. If I pump it doesn't make them any less squishy. It does make a squishy noise though.

2. Started having problems with my left rear drum brake makes a groaning noise when brake is applied until it stops. I was at 90k figure I would go ahead and replace everything but the wheel cylinder.

3. Left rear brake assembled fine but seem to be barely rubbing the drum. Drove it a couple miles. Hardly pops when I am going straight but on turns you hear it hitting it a lot. The adjuster is as small as possible. Is it the wheel cylinder that went bad?

4. Which brings me to the this problem on the right rear side I cannot and I mean under any circumstance, using any tool, move the spring that is attached to the emergency brake to put the lever back on it. I sat out there for two hours trying to move it with no luck. Is the spring just too long? It is amazingly tight. Is there something wrong with my emergency braking system?

5. Both my front and rear brakes are wearing unevenly. More is taken off near the top and bottom than in the middle. Is that normal? Also my front brakes(granted they were the cheapest I could find) were absolutely torn up. The metal backing on the pad fell off it looked a little scorched but the rotor was fine. This was done before the rear brakes about a couple thousand miles. ( I travel a decent amount)

6. Last but not least that may help is I seem to have suddenly lost 3mpg a tank. It stated happening before I replaced the front brakes and I just changed the rear so I haven't determined if that was the problem yet.
I have researched for a few hours now and called a few people but I liked to see if anyone has any ideas as to what the problem could be. Because this is way over my head.
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Old 10-28-2012, 12:18 PM
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Default Re: Trying to diagnose brakes

Wow! You have a lot of problems. Jack the front wheels of the ground. Pump the brakes a couple of times and see if you can spin the front wheels by hand. If you can't , you have a sticking caliper or bad rubber brake line. Unhook the line from the caliper and see if the wheel frees up. Loosen the master cylinder from the booster and see if fluid leaks out. You may have an emergence brake cable sticking not giving the slack you need to remove the spring. That may get you start on the many problems you have with the brake system.
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Old 10-28-2012, 12:20 PM
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Default Re: Trying to diagnose brakes

pedal issue sounds like the master cylinder took a shit on you...i had the same issue on my thunderbird...replaced the master cylinder and all is good...
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Old 10-28-2012, 12:46 PM
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Default Re: Trying to diagnose brakes

With that many problems, take it to a proffessional. Don't take chances with your life and maybe someone else's.
2001 Ford Ranger with the flare sides. 4x4 with a 4.0 engine. The only thing I did so far is: F/R Brakes, rotors, drums, F/R shocks, tires, bed cap, cone filter, hanger/shackles, F/P wheel bearing, upper control arm, lower ball joint, filler neck, fuel filter and DPFE sensor, muffler, sway bar links and spark plugs!
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:03 PM
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Default Re: Trying to diagnose brakes

I'm definitely thinking about taking it to someone to have them look over it and tell me what is going on. I feel like I'm going to need to redo the whole braking system. I'll check into the master cylinder and the caliper next weekend probably. Thanks ahead for all of the ideas guys.
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