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Old 01-20-2006, 20:01   #1 (permalink)
erico201@yahoo.com
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94 Ranger parking break problems

I recently bought a 1994 Ranger 4x4 and noticed that the parking break
barely works. I can push it to the last notch and it just holds a
little bit. I attempted to adjust it and noticed there is some sort of
ratchet-type system in the pedal. Is this how it is adjusted? Can these
pedals fail? I had it working briefly but now I'm back to square one.
It has new cables so that is not the problem. Is this a common problem?

THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP
Eric

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Old 01-20-2006, 20:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 94 Ranger parking break problems

erico201@yahoo.com wrote:
> I recently bought a 1994 Ranger 4x4 and noticed that the parking break
> barely works. I can push it to the last notch and it just holds a
> little bit. I attempted to adjust it and noticed there is some sort of
> ratchet-type system in the pedal. Is this how it is adjusted? Can these
> pedals fail? I had it working briefly but now I'm back to square one.
> It has new cables so that is not the problem. Is this a common problem?
>
> THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP
> Eric
>

You may need to adjust the rear brakes.
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Old 01-20-2006, 22:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 94 Ranger parking break problems

Eric wrote: 1994 Ranger 4x4

Parking break barely works.
It just holds a little bit at the last notch.
There is a ratchet-type system in the pedal.
Is this how it is adjusted?
It has new cables so that is not the problem.
________________________________________

The ratchet is there to retain the pedal when it is depressed.

New cables will stretch, so readjustment may be needed.

In most trucks, the cable from the brake pedal ends at a
fitting under the truck bed. From that fitting, other cables
go back to the brake shoes. Find the fitting and you will
immediately see how it can be adjusted to take up the slack.

Good luck.

Rodan.
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Old 01-21-2006, 13:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: 94 Ranger parking break problems


"Rodan" <Rodan@verizon.NOT> wrote in message
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> Eric wrote: 1994 Ranger 4x4
>
> Parking break barely works.
> It just holds a little bit at the last notch.
> There is a ratchet-type system in the pedal.
> Is this how it is adjusted?
> It has new cables so that is not the problem.
> ________________________________________
>
> The ratchet is there to retain the pedal when it is depressed.
>
> New cables will stretch, so readjustment may be needed.
>
> In most trucks, the cable from the brake pedal ends at a
> fitting under the truck bed. From that fitting, other cables
> go back to the brake shoes. Find the fitting and you will
> immediately see how it can be adjusted to take up the slack.
>
> Good luck.
>
> Rodan.
> _________________________________________


Eric, I am with JimV on this one. You can adjust your brakes real easy. All
you have to do is back up. Thats it, they automatically adjust, but if the
previous owner rarely backed up, then it can easily go out of adjustment.
Just find an empty parking lot, and back up about 30ft, and hit your brakes,
do this about 2-3 times. Then apply your parking brake, and if you have an
auto, put it in drive and see if they hold. If they hold, the brakes are
properly adjusted. You can even back up a couple more times, just to make
sure they are adjusted properly, but I dont see how the cables can stretch
enough for the park brake to not function. In fact, they should be adjusted
well enough that you shouldnt have to push the pedal more than half way down
to get braking action. If you need to do more adjustment, Rodan, hit the
nail on the head. On the drivers side, about halfway back on the bed, is an
adjustment. Just turn the nut to shorten the cables a little bit. On P/B
cables, alittle goes along ways. A quarter of an inch should take up more
than enough slack.
Pk



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Old 01-21-2006, 15:01   #5 (permalink)
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"pkurtz2" <pkurtz2@cox.net> wrote in message
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> > It has new cables so that is not the problem.


Unless somebody f*cked up and put the adjusters together wrong when they
replaced the cables
Or swapped them from left to right
or put the fork that holds the adjuster to the shoes on backwards.




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