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New rear brakes...tomorrows project

Heard of alot of people having to replace the rear brakes (drums) on Rangers kinda early so out of curiosity I decided to pull off one of my brake drums and have a look...almost completely gone, just turned 59K miles on my '03 4x4.

Anyway, went up to Autozone, picked up a set of brake spring pliers, brake cleaner, and a set of new shoes for only $35. Suprised how little drum brake parts cost. The side I took off looked dry so hopefully the other side will be fine so I dont have to buy a cylinder or axle seals. The drum was still in great shape. Been awhile since I messed with drum brakes but found a few good how-tos on here and this video on Youtube which helps a bit to refresh my memory. I already have one of those spring cap/washer tools from some point still in the garage.

With the fairly low mileage my truck has should I bother with buying the new springs/hardware or just clean up and re-use what I have? I think it should be fine but the hardware kits are cheap, only like $8. I did get some brake lube for the self-adjuster mechanism. Any other pointers would be helpful but I do remember to do one side at a time to have a reference in case you get messed up.

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YouTube - 92 Ford Ranger Rear Drum Brakes

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wow i guess id better check mine...im gonna turn 59K next week
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Ditch the rear drums and run discs... :)
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Ditch the rear drums and run discs... :)
If I only had the money...
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I think I spent a total of $140 on my swap...
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that aint too bad...might consider it then
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Don't wanna mess with the swap myself. Just wondering if I should spend the extra $7-8 on the new springs and hardware...seems like a no brainer I guess, why not.
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Don't wanna mess with the swap myself. Just wondering if I should spend the extra $7-8 on the new springs and hardware...seems like a no brainer I guess, why not.
might want to consider new wheel cylinders too since your gonna be messing around in there anyway
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i just did both rear axle seals, rear abs sensor, both wheel cylinders and rear brakes last weekend, stops way better now
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i just did both rear axle seals, rear abs sensor, both wheel cylinders and rear brakes last weekend, stops way better now
Nice. I'm hoping I don't have to do the axle seals. The one side I took off looked bone dry so hopefully the other is also and I wont need to mess with the seals or the wheel cylinders.
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Got em done...not very hard at all, just time consuming. The drums were in fine shape so I just cleaned them up and re-used them. The wheel cylinders were also in fine shape. Pulled the boots back and cleaned inside them. And for all the safety freaks out there, yes I used jackstands...lol. Heres some pics and one of the cracked shoe I found...

Passenger side with new stuff in..I splurged and spend the $7 for new springs and hardware..
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How the bottom part goes together in case its helpful to anyone. I cleaned, lubed, and reused the self-adjuster...it was in fine shape.
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The cracked shoe I found from the drivers side...
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These pics make me realize how much I really need a shiny nice new catback exhaust...
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i've got 70k on mine with the original rear shoes
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as far as i was told by the last owner who had the truck since 15000km they never touched the rear brakes. i just did them at 96000km.... so i dont think i will need to touch them again for a while
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from your pictures it looks like you have your star adjuster backwards. the little lever should be touching the star.
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from your pictures it looks like you have your star adjuster backwards. the little lever should be touching the star.
X2 i noticed that too now that you pointed it out
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The rear wheel cylinders are notorious for seizing up and really f'ing everything up in there. Last time the rear breaks were replaced on the Ranger, it looked like a grenade went off in the drums. Needless to say, keep an eye on those drum brakes....especially on a Ranger. If the occasion arises that you can swap the drums for disks.....DO IT, DO IT NOW!!!! (Arnold voice)
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from your pictures it looks like you have your star adjuster backwards. the little lever should be touching the star.
Yep...I noticed that after I had posted those pics. Was taking a break from the job when I posted it and should have posted new pics of the 100% correct setup. The self adjuster wouldn't have done much in that orientation

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