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Icon11 Ranger won't go forward

I hope I am doing this right please forgive if I have screwed something up.


I have a 99 Ford Ranger 199000 on it runs great .Deliver the news with it. This morning I put it in reverse backed up put it in drive and it just sat there but acted like it wanted to move but could'nt. Feels like the back wheels won't move. HELP!!!
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is it a manual? did you set the park brake recently? it could be froze.
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It is automatic and I checked the brake. Even when I put it in N I couldn't push it.
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oh yes I had been driving probably for over an hour and never saw or heard any noise or potential problem coming at all
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So you were driving it then stopped? Went to start again and it wont move?

Does it rev up? Hopefuly its not a transmission problem.
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Yea I pulled into a driveway to turn around backed up and it just sat there. It almost feels like something is holding it back.
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that could be a number of problems...

- driveshaft u joint failure causing the driveshaft to be in a bind
- transmission gone
- fragment in rear diff gears
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ok.Just had it towed home .The rear wheels won't move it will roll backwards but will not move forward even in neutral.
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that could be a number of problems...

- driveshaft u joint failure causing the driveshaft to be in a bind
- transmission gone
- fragment in rear diff gears
if it is 4wd, it could be the transfer case
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^true that!
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the right rear is dragging but all the other ones move freely.
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you have a locked up brake.....might have something in the brake drum causing it to jam up the brake..
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Bless you I will have that checked first . The transmission people in this town are ruthless. Just do not trust some of them. They keep saying its tran problems. Just didn't feel like it. God Bless Susie
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i had my breaks frozen a few weeks ago but not near enough to keep me from moving it just made a awful noise tell i broke free.
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I had the exact opposite occur to me (could go forward but not backward), and it was that a bolt fell out of the front brake rotors. Basically it didn't get locking goo put on it when it was reinstalled, eventually worked it's way out, and when I tried to go in reverse it torque the brake rotor in a way in which it locked the front wheel. I was lucky it happened on a short trip so I was able to make it home.

I'd imagine that if the other bolt fell out the opposite would happen (there are 2 bolts that hold the rotor on

EDIT: After reading the below comment I'd agree with the locked up drum brake. Guess it helps to read the whole incident.

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the right rear is dragging but all the other ones move freely.
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I had the brake wear compensating adjuster (or whatever you want to call it) fall out from between the pads and wedge itself in between the drum and shoes. Sounded like I ran over a kangaroo!
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Sounded like I ran over a kangaroo!

really? have you ran over one before?
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Linings may have come off the shoe or the springs broke or both. Don't fix just one side, do both sides and check the front pads. If you replace the front pad also repack the wheel bearings.
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If the wheel is only dragging, and not locked solid, ie, you can move it w/ your hands in both directions, your truck would move forward as well as reverse w/ no problem. If that's the case, something else is amiss. Is your transmission fluid level correct?
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you have a locked up brake.....might have something in the brake drum causing it to jam up the brake..
Yep. Drum brake lockups. Water/liquids freeze in the drum, expand and it locks up.

MANY people have had this problem. I wound up switching to disc brakes out back because of it.

You can have someone try and ' seal ' the back drums adjuster opening, but the problem may persist still.
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I have had a shoe separate and the brake lining spun over to the other shoe and got wedged. It took some throttle to get the truck to move and GD did the drum get hot.

At almost 200k transmission issues or brake issues are both good possibilities.

Pulling the wheel and inspecting the rear brakes is going to be the cheapest. Assuming you have the tools needed to do that.






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You can have someone try and ' seal ' the back drums adjuster opening, but the problem may persist still.
There is suppose to be a rubber plug covering the hole. Im not sure what other sealing your talking about.
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really? have you ran over one before?
Nope, but I have a good imagination, not to get off topic, someone had a pet roo and let it loose. The cops in the area were getting reports of a roo bouncing around the country side and they finally caught it in a barn while a guy was milking in the mourning. BTW I'm from Wisconsin.
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I know this is an old post, but dont feel bad, I am having the same issues. Im waiting for the drum to cool off to go work on it. Everything looks fine as far as bolts in the right spots and all.
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