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Old 07-23-2005, 11:01   #1 (permalink)
Rowbotth
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'99 Ranger Park Brake seems to freeze up?

Today this happened for the 2nd time. I use the park brake every time I
park the truck, and today when I released the brake with the little
left-knee handle, the brakes did not release. Because I have a 4WD, but
in 2WD at the time, I'm assuming the drums are locking up. After I
apply some torque from the engine, there is a frightening "SNAP!" and
then things rotate as they should.

The first time this happened, I was driving through wet, wet slush in
the spring-time. I parked the thing and the weather turned cold. I
assumed that there had been water get somewhere and it froze up on me.

But not this time. I parked the beast Monday night and today it was
"frozen" up on me again.

Is the braking system trying to tell me something? Should I be
dismantling and cleaning something?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanx.

HR.
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Old 07-23-2005, 20:01   #2 (permalink)
The OTHER Kevin in San Diego
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Re: '99 Ranger Park Brake seems to freeze up?

On Sat, 23 Jul 2005 16:32:54 GMT, Rowbotth <rowbotth@telusplanet.net>
wrote:

>Today this happened for the 2nd time. I use the park brake every time I
>park the truck, and today when I released the brake with the little
>left-knee handle, the brakes did not release. Because I have a 4WD, but
>in 2WD at the time, I'm assuming the drums are locking up. After I
>apply some torque from the engine, there is a frightening "SNAP!" and
>then things rotate as they should.
>
>The first time this happened, I was driving through wet, wet slush in
>the spring-time. I parked the thing and the weather turned cold. I
>assumed that there had been water get somewhere and it froze up on me.
>
>But not this time. I parked the beast Monday night and today it was
>"frozen" up on me again.
>
>Is the braking system trying to tell me something? Should I be
>dismantling and cleaning something?


It's certainly worth a look. Any "frightening "SNAP!"" is definitely
cause for alarm. I'd have that thing on on jack stands and the wheels
off to see WTF is going on..
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Old 07-25-2005, 10:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: '99 Ranger Park Brake seems to freeze up?


"Rowbotth" <rowbotth@telusplanet.net> wrote in message
news:rowbotth-957F17.10330623072005@news.telus.net...
> Today this happened for the 2nd time. I use the park brake every time I
> park the truck, and today when I released the brake with the little
> left-knee handle, the brakes did not release. Because I have a 4WD, but
> in 2WD at the time, I'm assuming the drums are locking up. After I
> apply some torque from the engine, there is a frightening "SNAP!" and
> then things rotate as they should.
>
> The first time this happened, I was driving through wet, wet slush in
> the spring-time. I parked the thing and the weather turned cold. I
> assumed that there had been water get somewhere and it froze up on me.
>
> But not this time. I parked the beast Monday night and today it was
> "frozen" up on me again.
>
> Is the braking system trying to tell me something? Should I be
> dismantling and cleaning something?
>
> Any help would be appreciated.
>
> Thanx.
>
> HR.


I believe there was a TSB about this. The brake shoes swell up with moisture
and lock up or drag under certain conditions. If the shoes are original, I
would change them and check all related hardware.


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