Brakes go out randomly
ok guys, i've looked over the forums quite a bit and couldn't really find anything that related to the issue i've been having with my ranger, i have a 99 Ranger XLT, reg cab, 4x4, 4.0L, now, my steel lines from my front hubs rusted off so i've had to modify them in a way that my front hubs are 100% disengaged all the time, better fuel economy for me that way, they've been like this since i've had to drive 150+kms every weekend over the summer. after learning that im not able to simply swap hubs with your everyday warn manual locking hubs because of my wierd hub/bearing assembly thing, i've resorted to ordering a pair of AMV or AVM... the rugged ridge manual locking hubs imported from brazil, they should be here within 2 weeks or so, simply judging from other guys delivery times.
now that u've got the history, here's the problem. when i bought the truck, the ABS light was on, the guy i bought it from said that i shouldn't have much of problem with it unless it goes out, well, i figured sure why not, he said he'd taken it to a mechanic who said the whole module was crap and it'd cost bout $1000 to fix it, hardly worth it. so he decided he'd just continue with power brakes. untill recently i had no idea what the problem'd be if the light went back out, couple weeks ago i found out. i go to press the brakes and they go bout 1/8", just enough to know u've pressed em, then they lock up solid and u have NO BRAKING, NONE, i literally stood on the brake pedal and got nothing, the reason for my enthusatic concern in this situation was that i was headed straight for the garage door, which i hit.... minimal damage to the door, no damage to the truck, however, since then i've been drivin with my rear abs sensor unplugged from my rear diff, due to the fact that simply takin the abs fuse out renders my speedometer dead. so, i was curious if anyone else has run into this problem and would now what exactly is wrong.
FYI i have wheel speed sensors at both front wheels and one on top of the rear diff(currently unplugged)
FYI also, this was on gravel at low speed and there was no skidding, just no brake application, and my brakes work fine now that i've unplugged the rear diff, save for the rear end lockin up quite easily...
Last edited by 4.0; 01-03-2008 at 06:59 AM.