2002 Ranger Edge Brake Issue


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We have a 2002 Ranger Edge 3.0 gas. Its a step side extended cab. Has the 7.5 differential with disc front and drum brakes back. We have owned it 5 years. Bought it with 140k miles and its at 195k now. Its been my sons daily driver. Its always had stopping issues. Ive completely bled the system. Everything is new front and back completely replaced. It has serious stopping issues. No stop is more like it. We replaced everything just prior to getting it inspected and it wouldnt pass. Took it to a parking lot... ran it forward and backward a few times, took it back and it passed. I have to run the truck backward to adjust the brakes every so often or it simply doesnt want to stop.

I have searched the forum and online and cant seem to find this issue.

Any input is appreciated.
 


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Can you describe the symptoms a little more. Is the pedal soft and mushy? Is it rock hard? Does the pedal feel normal but the truck just doesn't slow down? Abs or brake light on? Does it pull, or shake while driving?

When you say "everything was replaced" does that include lines, master cylinder, booster, calipers, wheel cylinders? When you bled the system did you ever get air down past the master and possibly into the ABS block?

Realistically your back brakes could stop working completely and your fronts are strong enough that you could still stop safely. So I would lean towards the front brakes or something all 4 brakes share. AkA a master cylinder, booster, or abs issue but need more info.
 
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As far as replacement goes... not everything. Rotors, bearings, pads in front and drums and shoes in back. Everything has been inspected, cleaned and seems to be in good working order. Everything else is original. Did have to replace the brake booster right after we bought it.

No lights on.

Ive bled the system several times. I never let the master cylinder get dry... just try to get the fluid coming out the fittings as close to normal looking as possible.

Pedal feels normal. No excess travel. Doesnt slowly fall towards the floor when stopped and holding the pedal like the master cylinder is bad. Not making noises. I have had the ABS fail in an Excursion, and its going out in my F350 so it doesnt do anything to make me think the ABS is having problems.

The fronts will stop it, but not quickly. I can tell when the back brakes stop working and the load goes to the front.

No pull or shake while driving other than comes from the BFG 31x 10.50 AT. Most miles are highway as we have a 60 mile round trip commute.


Thanks for your response. I appreciate your input and time.
 

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Jack up the rear and spin the wheels. The brakes should feel like they are just slowly scratching the drums. If not, they are out of adjustment. The back brakes should self adjust (if the system is working properly) but your talking tiny tiny increments over many thousand miles. if you are finding they work one day, and are out of adjustment the next... something is very wrong.
 

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What brand of pads and shoes did you use? I've seen some aftermarket pads and shoes that didn't stop worth crap.
 


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