Hey all, I own a 2000 Ranger XLT 4wd with drum brakes in the rear and disc up front. I am in the process of replacing the rear shoes (both sides) and drums (both sides). I am using the same hardware I had on there as it is not even a year old (replaced some broken springs 9 months ago). I am also re-using the wheel cylinders as I don't see any leakage.
My problem is that when I attempt to put the drum on the brake shoes are too expanded to allow the drum to fit smoothly over them. The other issue is that the entire brake assembly seems shifted towards the front of the vehicle. When I attempt to put the drum on it will not align with the studs.
I have the adjuster screwed all the way in and I have tried bleeding the wheel cylinders. The brake backing plate looks worn on the 6 pads (do they really help hold the shoes in place?). I had a friend come down and check my work, he rebuilt the assembly just like I had it and we still could not get it. I checked the adjusters, they are on the correct sides. I've basically tried everything.
I greatly appreciate any help as I am not much of a mechanic beyond brake jobs and such. I really don't want to have it towed to the brake shop, there has to be an answer. My last resort right now is to purchase new wheel cylinders and hardware and try it. I should mention also that I checked the part #'s and they check out for my truck.
Yes I know I am missing half a leaf spring as well. Replacements are being ordered.
I don't know if this is wheel cylinder leakage or if it is from the lithium grease that may have gotten on it. I'm thinking it might be past leakage.
After a bunch of prying on the drivers side something popped and the drum slide on. The hardware on this side seems to be locked in place on the brake backing plate. Although the drum readily goes on the wheel does not turn freely.
Also, does anyone know why ORR (offroadrangers.com) has not come online in months?
Thanks for all the input!!