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Old 08-01-2010, 04:59   #1 (permalink)
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'95 F150 rear brake problem

The thread below this one is similar to my problem, but mine doesn't involve the truck shaking. Reading through 6 pages of search results didn't produce an answer either, or the same problem.

Anyway, a co-worker has a 95 F150 that recently (3-4 months ago) had a complete brake job done all around - the only things not replaced were the front calipers. Since then he's had a regular problem with the driver's side rear brakes dragging & locking up. It only locks up in the forward gears, if he puts it in reverse there's no drag but it doesn't pop things loose either. When it locks up he has to crawl underneath and back off the adjuster wheel, and after a test drive yesterday I found that side gets hot enough that I had to use my welding gloves to handle the drum when I took it off. Both drums required a bit of tapping with a hammer to get off, one didn't seem to take any more effort than the other. The parking brake lever on the driver's side is fully retracted, and being an automatic he doesn't use the parking brake anyway.

Everything was installed the way it should be, there were no broken or missing parts, and the driver's side shoes aren't worn any more than the passenger, even with the dragging. One thing I did notice is that the entire brake assembly on the driver's side seems to rotate easier than the passenger side. Being that this rotation in reverse is what causes the servo action that operates the self-adjusters, could I be on to something here? What could cause this looseness? Has anyone else experienced this, and what did you do to repair it?
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Re: '95 F150 rear brake problem

Was the rear hardware kit replaced? The return springs can cause that if the right one is weak.
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Re: '95 F150 rear brake problem

I'm pretty sure it was, I'm already scheduled to take another look at it next weekend when it's my turn to work. Hopefully I will have come up with an answer by then. Thanks.
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