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Does anybody elses rear brakes freeze when its cold

my rear drums seem to freeze up when i gets really cold and a bit of moister rain/snow. i have to use the parking brake when im home because i am on an incline, and i dont trust the clutch to hold it that well.
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i think all rangers do this...i know mine did before i had the shoes replaced
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mine do only if they're wet, then it gets cold. just give it a quick bump and they unstick.
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It is normal.
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Yup very normal. Happened to my truck.
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Mine was doing that...took it apart and one of the bottom springs holding my shoes on had broke and let the adjuster fall and get stuck between the shoe and drum. It ruined my brakes i had to replace everything.
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mine do only if they're wet, then it gets cold. just give it a quick bump and they unstick.
the bump to get it unstuck was 4x4 low, clutch dump. 2wd rocking didnt work, 4high didnt do it.
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last time mine got stuck i put it in 4wd and BAABOOM
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Both of my trucks have done this. I can't get them unfrozen by putting drive to them. I usually put an electric heater behind the back plate.
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The forcing breaks things.
Take the rears apart, clean everything, apply high heat grease on all metal to metal contact points, i.e. sides of shoes to back plate, threads, pivot points for the e-brake.
There might be a grease dedicated for brakes, chk it out.
Don't use too much grease.
Also chk your cables, may need to be lubed too, frt to rear with the oil, use a penetrating type of oil and it migrate in and along the cable.
Maintance is the key.

I live in the Northeast and have that happen only once.
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Throw her in drive and just giver. *Freeze on me god damn it* lol.......I talk to myself when **** goes wrong with my truck.
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My truck is brand new (2011 9K miles0 and they freeze.
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I have a gravel driveway so there is always some snow / ice on it. After driving for a while the tires heat up so when I park at home I have to go back out after half an hour or so and move the truck a foot or two.
If I don't the tires freeze to the ground.
One morning it was so bad I had to use my big floor jack to pick up each wheel to get it loose.
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My truck is brand new (2011 9K miles0 and they freeze.
Well that's messed up because a 2011 has discs in the back. We all have drums.
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I see I'm late to the party but yea mine do it too.
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Well that's messed up because a 2011 has discs in the back. We all have drums.
Yes it has disks but the other day after driving in slushy streets in the morning they were frozen. So they still freeze.
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If you can, before you park, drive with your brakes partially on so your brakes will heat up and dry out. This is what I did when driving trucks but it was mostly the trailer brakes that would do that but when you park a truck (18 wheeler) you don't set the trailer brakes when parking but sometimes the air would leak out and the brakes would come on. You can also use a hammer on the drum or spray some deicer on them.
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Well that's messed up because a 2011 has discs in the back. We all have drums.
i think the 2011s have a drum set up for the ebrake...im pretty sure theyre a disc with a drum hat set up
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I don't use mine overnight in the winter, but still use it for short periods to keep it working.

TSB for drums...
http://clubfordranger.com/Frein%20ar...d%20Ranger.pdf
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i think the 2011s have a drum set up for the ebrake...im pretty sure theyre a disc with a drum hat set up
I've only seen them from the outside, you may be right. Never laid my hands on a ranger newer than 2004.
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2011s are 4 wheel disc. The ebrake does that thing where the caliper screws out instead of sliding when the pedal is presses
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If you can, before you park, drive with your brakes partially on so your brakes will heat up and dry out. This is what I did when driving trucks but it was mostly the trailer brakes that would do that but when you park a truck (18 wheeler) you don't set the trailer brakes when parking but sometimes the air would leak out and the brakes would come on. You can also use a hammer on the drum or spray some deicer on them.
Ill have to try that, i may have to crawl under it to get to them though

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I don't use mine overnight in the winter, but still use it for short periods to keep it working.

TSB for drums...
http://clubfordranger.com/Frein%20ar...d%20Ranger.pdf
i live on a mild hill, and i dont trust the clutch in it to hold. i know it will but its about on its last leg.
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I have never had my brakes lock my tuck in place, I have had moisture on the shoes making the rears grabby. I have had my tuck freeze to the ground but it had nothing to do with the brakes.
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