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Ford Ranger Brake Problems



  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    A wild guess would be some kind of booster problem.
  • That is kind of what I was thinking but wanted to get other opinions before starting the repair.
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    Let the car idle. Foot off brake. Then push the brake - does the idle speed change? If so, then there is a large vacumn leak in the booster, which effects the rich/lean mixture and causes the idle change.
  • I will give this a try. The truck has never really idled correctly. In fact, until it gets really warmed up it will not idle at all. I will get it warmed up and give this a try. I believe that the brake booster is the problem.
  • I have a 2004 ford ranger, whenever it is below freezing the front brakes lock up and I cant get it out of my driveway. Today was the worst ive seen so far, I had to put it in 4 wheel drive and floor it to get it to move. when it finally did it made a horrible clunk noise and sounded like I broke something. Why is this? How can ice cause it to freeze up that badly?
  • My 1999 Ranger did this this morning. But it was a rear brake. I put in 4WD and pulled it around until the wheel broke loose. It was snowy and slick so this took quite a while. Anyone know what is wrong?
  • fuses ck good also do the bulbs changed brakelight switch and still no brake lights
  • tjbeartjbear Posts: 1
    I have read about numerous concerns with Ranger braking problems and here is the one that I have. My 2002 "Edge" has been a great truck except for the braking system the past couple of years. The problem is that in warm to hot weather(I live in Phoenix) the brakes tend to get very spongy after the truck has been driven for ten minutes or so. The pads have been replaced as has the booster but the problem persists. Is there a way of correcting this problem by beefing up the braking system or is it just an inherent defect that can't really be solved? Any info would be appreciated! Terry
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    First guess would have been the switch, I went thru 3 on my 94 in about 8 years.

    Only thing I would suggest - test for 12 volts at the brake switch. It's hot all the time, even with ignition off (on most cars. I was like this on my 94). Test on both sides of the switch, of course you have to push brake down to get switch to connect. If you have 12 volts here, you know problem is toward the back of the truck. If no power there, it's toward the front of the car......
  • justme52justme52 Posts: 2
    I have had the exact same problem!!!.... and it dosn't have to be below freezing!
    Mine wouldn't go forward or back ! .. ( I floored it in reverse) and exactly like you said.. made a horrible clunk noise something broke loose.
  • justme52justme52 Posts: 2
    edited April 2010
    would not go foward or back !!! I freaked and floored it ! a huge clunking noise like something broke loose. This has happened 3-4 times.. and it dosn't seem to be a cold or hot weather situation.!
  • ok i have a 97 ford ranger and my brake lights and the cargo light above the rear window don't go out when i shut the truck off it's as if the brake is still pushed in could it b anything other than the brakelight switch?
  • I haven't noticed any problems with the brakes, but last week the brake light and the ABS light came on together - the Ranger manual states that possible brake failure can occur when both lights are lit. The lights failed to come on for the local mechanic after test drives over 4 days. I picked the truck up this morning, drove it less than a mile and the both light are back on. Need some expert advice on what to repair/replace. Thank you!
  • Within the last few weeks I have had some problems with my brakes. Every now and then in the mornings, or just randomly through out the day when I apply a small bit of pressure on the brake pedal going slow my truck comes to a hault and it seems the abs kicks in too much when it shouldn't be. If I apply more pressure to the brake pedal, the truck does the same thing then the pedal becomes slightly soft, and I lose brake power and hear a rapid clicking noise.

    Any suggestions?
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    This may not help you, but on my older 1994 Ranger, which had only 2 wheel ABS (rear wheels), when the brake fluid got a little low, the ABS light came on. Not low enough to pull air, but a little low when the brakes wore down. Just added a little fluid and the ABS light went off.
  • dave351dave351 Posts: 1
    did you check the rear brake hoses ... if they are old they can clog and prevent the fluid from returning back to the system... thus locking your brakes on... hope this helps..
  • tms50tms50 Posts: 1
    I have a 2001 Ranger 4x4. Once in a wile the front right disc brake will lock up when pulling forward. can back up then pull forward about a foot then it locks up. Also when I turn left into a parking spot and hit the brake the peddle will go to the floor.
  • I have a 93 xlt ford ranger , took it to the shop for scrubbing brakes, they changed the brake pads, master cylinder, sensor, back rotors etc the list goes on and on, brakes still go to the floor, not like they were when I took it to the shop, they keep telling me its this that etc what is going on??? the pedal seems to go the floor until pumped while driving, I know my truck has237,000 miles, but 2 yrs ago I went through the same problem at another shop. Can anyone help me? what seems to be the problem.
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    I think you have a very crappy mechanic. And one that just throws parts at the job, and still is not getting you any brakes.

    If air gets into the ABS pump, you cannot flush the air out in the 'usual' way of pumping the brakes with a brake bleeder open. You must have a special electronic tool that is hooked into the ABS electronics, and this will force the ABS pump to start, and then the air can be forced out a bleeder.

    If your mechanic doesn't know this, and doesn't have the tool, he will never manually bleed the air out of the ABS pump, and you will not have brakes.
  • ensaroensaro Posts: 1
    brakes on my 98 ford ranger work only if engine is turned off.
    please help me.
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    With the little info you've given, I'm guessing the vacumn booster is bad.
  • dkarandkaran Posts: 2
    I have two problems with the brakes on my 2001 ranger; and I believe they may be related.
    Problem #1: The ABS seems to engage for no apparent reason when coming to a stop on dry payment (etal) and at very slow speed (almost stopped). I have replaced the rear ABS sensor -no improvement.
    Problem #2: The front pads do not seem to exert enough force to clean the rotors. I have 86k miles and have replaced the rotors twice and had them resurfaced once. This applies to both front rotors. When I check them after only about 5k miles of use the pad contact surface is very rusted/corroded and shows only about .5" to 1" of contact use.
  • ron4400ron4400 Posts: 4
    that's what i'm on here to try and find out. my 03 4x4 had brake work done and now the abs kicks in only at almost dead stop on dry pavement. do these have front and rear sensors?
  • dkarandkaran Posts: 2
    Ron, The answer is YES. The rear sensor is located atop the differential. It inexpensive and easy to replace (one fastener retains it to the housing). I recently purchased a Ford service manual and learned that there are two sensors in the front axle also. They are located inside of the spindle housings. The rotor shield has to be removed to access them. I will confrm that info in the next few days. I understand they are a lot more expensive than the rear.
  • tom328tom328 Posts: 1
    Hey fellas, I figured I would give this a try, I have a 03 Ranger Edge 4.0. I had some pulsating brakes. So I replaced both front rotors, hubs, bearings, seals, and brake pads. Good news is no pulsing coming downhill at high speed, bad news is at low speed with light pedal pressure sometimes I am hearing dragging and what feels like slight slippage. I dont know if this is due to the new rotor and it will stop. But it has me a little stumped. I did not brake any lines so there was no line bleeding necessary, and I have not taken my truck in for electrical analysis, there has been no ABS light. All help appreciated. Thanks.
  • brickybricky Posts: 1
    edited August 2011
    brake light switch won't trigger brake lights. When I move the switch a little on brake pedal it does. Would it need new switch that will fit tighter or Am i wasting time? Ford Ranger
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    edited August 2011
    By a new brake light switch.

    My 1994 Ranger went thru about 3 or 4 in 10 years.

    Also, on my 94 when the switch was bad it made the cruise control dangerous. Without the brake switch throwing a signel, the cruise stayed engaged. Had to shut it off to stop it.
  • I have a 2006 ranger 4x4 and the brakes started having a problem, sometimes it seems like there isn't enough brake pressure or grab and other times it seems like there is too much grab. We have replaced the calipers, rotors, pads and brake booster and bled the brake lines, but the problem persists. Can anyone help?
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    Take it back, if a shop did all this work. They need to make it right. Bad brakes are dangerous to you and others.
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