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Hello everyone. Yesterday I carried my 2003 Ford Ranger 4x4 to the ford dealer to get new tires put on. The mechanic came out and told me I needed to keep an eye on my brake pads, since they were getting low. After I left the shop I drove by Autozone and got a set of new brake pads. Today I took off the brakes on the right side, and they looked like they had VERY LITTLE wear. When I took the brakes off the left side, they were worn completely out. I replaced the pads, and pulled out of the driveway. On take off it sounded like the brakes on the left side were stuck and "popped" unstuck as I took off. Each time I take off now it sounds like a "clank" from the left side and it feels like small shutter as if the brake is sticking and releasing. There is NO smoke or "burning" of the pads whenever I drive for a while and stop.

Would a new caliper most likely fix my problem?
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Hello everyone. Yesterday I carried my 2003 Ford Ranger 4x4 to the ford dealer to get new tires put on. The mechanic came out and told me I needed to keep an eye on my brake pads, since they were getting low. After I left the shop I drove by Autozone and got a set of new brake pads. Today I took off the brakes on the right side, and they looked like they had VERY LITTLE wear. When I took the brakes off the left side, they were worn completely out. I replaced the pads, and pulled out of the driveway. On take off it sounded like the brakes on the left side were stuck and "popped" unstuck as I took off. Each time I take off now it sounds like a "clank" from the left side and it feels like small shutter as if the brake is sticking and releasing. There is NO smoke or "burning" of the pads whenever I drive for a while and stop.

Would a new caliper most likely fix my problem?
sounds like the caliper on the driver's side might be seizing up on you... without knowing if they were installed properly... my best opinion would be to replace both calipers. its not the best way to fix the problem if you "ONLY" replace the one that is bad. jus like wheel cylinders its best to replace both at the same time.

might i also suggest that you do a brake fluid flush at the same time as replacing the calipers...
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I have let other folks listen to it and they all suggest it is coming from the rear of the truck. I didn't indicate in my first post, but I did have the emergency brake locked during the front brake replacement, just in case. Could the rear brake shoes be sticking to the drum after using the E-brake and "Popping" loose whenever I take off? It doesnt' do it every single time.

Maybe the drums had rust in them and using the brake forced the shoes to move, and now they are fully returning?


Eh. Probably wouldn't make me so mad if I hadn't just gotten the truck a week ago. It only starting doing it today.
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If you have 4 wheel disk the e brake in the rear is a **** poor design and is prone to sticking and squealing. I have to remove my ebrake after each inspection then put them back in for inspection each year. The design and self adjusters may have sounded good in theory on the drawing board but they don't work well in real world situations. I have gone so far as to replace all cables, shoes, and hardware along with new backer plates, and within a few hundred miles the ebrakes are squealing and sticking again if i use em. without use they just tend to squeal a bit at first start up
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