Frozen/Seized Rear Drum Brake Ranger 2000
Here are some notes on a weird frozen brake problem I had with a 2000 Ranger. This winter the truck was driven in LA during one of those torrential storms, and then parked in the garage with the emergency brake on for maybe three weeks. When we went to use the truck again it would not move, either forward OR backward. A whole lot of this, that, and the other thing was tried to get it to move but nothing worked. We jacked up each rear wheel and one side spun just fine and the other was locked solid. We ruled out seized/rusted brake cable since it wouldn't even go backwards in reverse. We jacked up the truck and the drum was frozen solid to something. My friend Al used his puller on the drum and eventually we got it off. It looks like the drum rear shoe had adhered itself to the drum.
The attachment should show a picture of the offending brake shoe. It looks like some big chunks rusted to the drum, probably because the lining is semi metallic. Just a guess.
We had to replace the brakes and resurface the drums. There wasn't much to take off, maybe .010 to .015. There was some collateral damage from the pulling debacle. The pin on the brake cylinder was bent a little, the automatic adjuster was bent a little, and the hold down springs were now useless. We interchanged the pins on the brake cylinder so that the bent pin was forward where it would not interfere with any of the parking brake crap and the automatic adjuster was only flared a little and still turned freely so was re used. The other wrecked parts were replaced with a kit from Autozone. All in all, everything was restored for about $75. Maybe these notes will be helpful to someone else. This was a weird one, though.
San Jose, CA