Saturday, December 26, 2015

Brake drum hell!!

Did a rear brake drum job on an old Ford Ranger. This is what it looks like when the slave cylinder is off the shoe and over extended. This brake has not worked for a long time. The truck was braking on only 3 wheels and with the recent snow, it became clear that it was very unsafe. The 3 wheels would skid uncontrollably when braking and negated the front anti-lock. The said problems were also due to a bad master cylinder that I discovered as the day went on. I had to make a jig to remove the 20 year old plastic reservoir without destroying it and reinstall it on the new master from Orielly (plastic reservoir was $50 extra). One of them jobs that turned into a nightmare. It sucked!! See the pics;