Originally Posted by 5speedin2.3
as far as i know.. the ranger isnt self-adjusting.
look at the spring thing on the driver side in front of the rear wheel.
check and see if its all there.
All Rangers are self-adjusting. They have a standard cable/pawl/star wheel system.
If you don't use your parking brake regularly, or back up a LOT, they don't adjust though. Using your parking brake regularly is the best thing you can do to keep them adjusted. But backing up and slamming them on works also.
But the Ranger's design is very subject to contamination. After I mud my truck I often have to go in and clean and re-lube the pieces. ONLY use silicone brake grease (called Sil-Glyde in on e brand) on the moving pieces particularly the threads of the adjuster.
You may need new parts if your old ones are too corroded. Rebuild kits are available cheaply at NAPA stores, to name one.