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Old 10-25-2009
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What's that noise?

Evening all,

Truck: 1999 Ford Ranger XLT.
Engine: 3.0 Liter
Transmission: Standard
Brake system: Rear anti-lock brakes
Mileage: 150,000


A ticking sound similar to the anti-lock brake sound is heard everytime I apply the brakes, but quits at or below 35 mph. I have replaced the rear anti-lock brake sensor in the differential, but that didn't fix it. I was suggested that maybe the speedodometer cable was dry. When I replaced the gauge cluster bulbe, I was surprised it did not have a cable to the back of the cluster, just 5 electrical connectors.

What do you think it could be?

Thanks in advance for all replies.

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Old 10-25-2009
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warped rotors or drums and or worn pads shoes? is it loud or soft describe it a lil more..
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Could poosibly be the backing plate on the pads coming loose or an anti rattle clip.
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Old 10-26-2009
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It's not loud and it seems to emanate from under the floorboard below the pedals. It does not appear to come from under the dash, like it could be the anti-lock brake module. For some odd reason I keep believing it is linked to the anti-lock brakes. One and only one time the anti-lock brake lock came on while driving. I reached my destination, turned the truck off. When I left for home the light was off and never came on again. The light comes on at start-up then goes out as normal.
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Since you are hearing noise, my guess is that it's related to pads or shoes.

Your rear brake shoes may be out of adjustment. They are supposed to self-adjust when you brake while moving in reverse, but age/improper installation can cause them to not work right. When the shoes are out of adjustment they can sometimes make a noise like you describe.
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