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Old 12-29-2010, 19:05   #1 (permalink)
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86' Ranger 2.3> squealing noises as wheels turn???

I have a 1986 Ford Ranger 2.3, 5-speed, 2 wheel drive. I had new tires and brakes installed about three years ago.

Most recently, while driving around town, I’ve noticed a squealing, squeaking kind of noise that continues until I stop the truck.

My brakes seem to be fine, and stop me when I need to. I don’t do much driving these past three years, so the last thing I would suspect would be worn brake pads.

Question: Do wheel cylinders or rotors make these continuous squeaking noises? I would like to be prepared with a little bit of knowledge before I get any bad news. I don’t know if this is something I could wait on, or if this problem will manifest itself with a BIGGER, MORE DANGEROUS problem on the road.

After I hear from a few possible ideas on what this could be, I will take the truck back to the place I purchased the tires and have them look at the drums, while they rotate the tires. Thanks!
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Re: 86' Ranger 2.3> squealing noises as wheels turn???

Some brake pads have sensors on them and when they get worn pretty low, the sensor rides on the rotor and makes a noise. Raise it up and turn the wheels to see where it's coming drom. There could be other problems but you'l have to raise it and investigate.
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Re: 86' Ranger 2.3> Rubbing noises as wheels turns???

Hi Bert,
Thanks for your reply. I did call the place I had my brakes done about 6 years ago,and he told me there were no sensors in my rear rotors, and the sound could be the rear brake shoes.

...But after driving around last night, I want to change my symptoms from squealing noises to a rubbing kind of noise. When I slow down or speed up, the corresponding noises seems to go faster or slower with my speed of the tires,if that makes sense.

So it seems to be more of a rubbing,and not grinding or squealing noise. I still want to get my tires rotated, so I'll have the guy drive it in the lot and see what he thinks.

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Re: 86' Ranger 2.3> Rubbing noises as wheels turns???

Hi Bert,
Thanks for your reply. I did call the place I had my brakes done about 6 years ago,and he told me there were no sensors in my rear rotors, and the sound could be the rear brake shoes.

...But after driving around last night, I want to change my symptoms from squealing noises to a rubbing kind of noise. When I slow down or speed up, the corresponding noises seems to go faster or slower with my speed of the tires,if that makes sense.

So it seems to be more of a rubbing,and not grinding or squealing noise. I still want to get my tires rotated, so I'll have the guy drive it in the lot and see what he thinks.

And since it's been about 6 years since my last brake job, maybe I'm hearing the pads or shoes,but would'nt i just hear that when I apply the brakes, which still work pretty good,except my emergency brake,which is hard to engage and disengage. maybe time for new brakes.
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Re: 86' Ranger 2.3> Rubbing noises as wheels turns???

From what you say " my emergency brake,which is hard to engage and disengage " it could be the parking brake cable or linkage sticking .Could also be wheel cyl . sticking . Best to get drums off and get it checked out .

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Re: 86' Ranger 2.3> squealing noises as wheels turn???

The noise and squealing suddenly stopped on it's own.
But since it had been six years since my brakes were done last, I went to get my tires rotated and had them check the drums. On right passenger rear, he noticed a flat fork looking piece of metal he said was loose and not attached to anything. Also, the rear left wheel cylinder was starting to leak brake fluid. So I bought a new kit, and he did both drums. he said the emergency foot brake's cable might have to be replaced,when I do the front brakes, which are low.
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