The Trouble with a Ford Ranger Parking Brake Cable
Keeping your foot on the brake pedal of your Ford Ranger during long traffics can be cumbersome-even more so if you are stuck on an incline. The parking brake, which operates with the help of the parking brake cable, enables you to keep your vehicle in position, without any fear of it budging while parked. Although the parking brake serves as a backup brake for your vehicle, you shouldn't overlook it at all costs. When the parking brake cable falters, your emergency braking system will not work at all. Here are some of Ford Ranger parking brake cable breakdown signs to watch out:
Hand brake failure
You finally found a sweet parking spot. You pull up the hand lever, but you notice that your truck continues to move a few inches back. This could be a sign of parking brake cable failure. If the brake doesn't bite at all even if the hand lever is up, you need to check the parking brake cable for signs of damage. The cable could have become twisted, which messes your truck's ability to apply brakes. It's also possible that the cable has gone out of alignment, which sometimes happens after driving over bumpy roads. Take the cable out, smoothen the kinks along its length, and put it back in place. If the cable is severed, replace it immediately.
Another reason for this failure is frozen parking brake cable. Moisture seeps in the parking brake system and expands during extremely cold weather. When this happens, the parking brakes won't work at all. Thawing out the cables might work for a while, but the moisture will still be intact. That means your truck's brakes will fail again come another winter season. Replace the parking brake cables with new ones to prevent the problem from happening again.
Parking brake drag
You notice a halting or dragging movement on your vehicle after you've pulled up the hand lever. This means that your parking brakes are not fully functional. You might want to check the brake cable for problems. The cable could have bunched up, preventing the wheels from stopping completely. Cable misalignment is another possibility. Take out the parking cables from your vehicle and even them out to remove the bends.