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Old 03-16-2009
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Rear Brakes....

seem like they are wanting to lock up to fast, it like there worse when I first start driving and they get better, could this be something sticking in the rear drums or a valve issue?
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It is common for Ranger rear brakes to be grabby after sitting overnight in the rain.

I am fanatical about keeping my rears well adjusted (due to my aggressive driving style) so I press and release the parking brake hard repeatedly several times a week and I also drive backward and apply the pedal brake aggressively to make the self-adjuster click.

I had a previous set of rear shoes that had the grabby syndrome. To help that, I used to apply the parking brake (enough to cause noticeable drag) while driving to the end of my street (stop sign). After that, it would not be grabby (basically scrubs all the rust off).

It wouldn't hurt to pull the drums off and do a thorough inspection, for safety's sake.
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Inspect those rear wheel cylinders too. They are notorious for seizing up and causing catastrophic failure with the adjuster springs and interior hardware. I've been there done that.....not fun.
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