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    Ford Ranger/Bronco II 1983-1990 Repair Guide

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    ADJUSTMENT



    Pre-Tension Procedure

    See Figure 1



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    Fig. Fig. 1: Pre-tension adjustment dimensions

    This procedure is to be used when a new Tension Limiter has been installed.

    1. Depress the parking brake pedal.
    2.  
    3. Grip the Tension Limiter Bracket to prevent it from spinning and tighten the equalizer nut 2 1 / 2 in. (63.5mm) up the rod.
    4.  
    5. Check to make sure the cinch strap has slipped less than 1 3 / 8 in. (2mm) remaining.
    6.  

    Final Adjustment

    See Figure 2

    This procedure is to be used to remove the slack from the system if a new Tension Limiter has not been installed.



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    Fig. Fig. 2: When adjusting the parking brake cable, a pair of pliers may be needed to keep the cable from spinning

    1. Make sure the brake drums are cold for correct adjustment.
    2.  
    3. Position the parking brake pedal to the fully depressed position.
    4.  
    5. Grip the threaded rod to prevent it from spinning and tighten the equalizer nut 6 full turns past its original position on the threaded rod.
    6.  
    7. Attach an appropriate cable tension gauge (Rotunda Model 21-0018 or equivalent) behind the equalizer assembly either toward the right or left rear drum assembly and measure cable tension. Cable tension should be 400-600 lbs. with the parking brake pedal fully in the last detent position. If tension is low, repeat Steps 2 and 3.
    8.  
    9. Release parking brake and check for rear wheel drag. The cables should be tight enough to provide full application of the rear brake shoes, when the parking brake lever or foot pedal is placed in the fully applied position, yet loose enough to ensure complete release of the brake shoes when the lever is in the released position.
    10.  

    The Tension Limiter will reset the parking brake tension any time the system is disconnected provided the distance between the bracket and the cinch strap hook is reduced during adjustment. When the cinch strap contacts the bracket, the system tension will increase significantly and over tensioning may result. If all available adjustment travel has been used, the tension limiter must be replaced.

    REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



    See Figures 3, 4 AND 5



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    Fig. Fig. 3: Parking brake cable routing for the Bronco II



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    Fig. Fig. 4: Parking brake cable routing for the Ranger

    Equalizer-To-Control Cable


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    Fig. Fig. 5: Disconnect the cable at the equalizer

    1. Raise the vehicle on a hoist and support on jackstands. Back off the equalizer nut and remove slug of front cable from the tension limiter.
    2.  
    3. Remove the parking brake cable from the bracket.
    4.  
    5. Remove the jackstands and lower the vehicle. Remove the forward ball end of the parking brake cable from the control assembly clevis.
    6.  
    7. Remove the cable from the control assembly.
    8.  
    9. Using a fishing line wire leader or cord attached to the control lever end of the cable, remove the cable from the vehicle.
    10.  

    To install:
    1. Transfer the fish wire or cord to the new cable. Position the cable in the vehicle, routing the cable through the dash panel. Remove the fish wire and secure the cable to the control.
    2.  
    3. Connect the forward ball end of the brake cable to the clevis of the control assembly. Raise the vehicle on a hoist.
    4.  
    5. Route the cable through the bracket.
    6.  
    7. Connect the slug of the cable to the Tension Limiter connector. Adjust the parking brake cable at the equalizer using the appropriate procedure shown above.
    8.  
    9. Rotate both rear wheels to be sure that the parking brakes are not dragging.
    10.  

    Equalizer-To-Rear Wheel Cables
    1. Raise the vehicle and remove the hub cap wheel, Tension Limiter and brake drum. Remove the locknut on the threaded rod and disconnect the cable from the equalizer.
    2.  
    3. Compress the prongs that retain the cable housing to the frame bracket, and pull the cable and housing out of the bracket.
    4.  
    5. Working on the wheel side, compress the prongs on the cable retainer so they can pass through the hole in the brake backing plate. Draw the cable retainer out of the hole.
    6.  
    7. With the spring tension off the parking brake lever, lift the cable out of the slot in the lever, and remove the cable through the brake backing plate hole.
    8.  

    To install:
    1. Route the right cable behind the right shock and through the hole in the left frame side rail. Route the left cable inboard of the leaf spring. Pull the cable through the brake backing plate until the end of the cable is inserted over the slot in the parking brake lever. Pull the excess slack from the cable and insert the cable housing into the brake backing plate access hole until the retainer prongs expand.
    2.  
    3. Insert the front of the cable housing through the frame crossmember bracket until the prong expands. Insert the ball end of the cable into the key hole slots on the equalizer, rotate the equalizer 90° and recouple the Tension Limiter threaded rod to the equalizer.
    4.  
    5. Install the rear brake drum, wheel, and hub cap, and adjust the rear brake shoes.
    6.  
    7. Adjust the parking brake tension using the appropriate procedure shown above.
    8.  
    9. Rotate both rear wheels to be sure that the parking brakes are not dragging.
    10.  

     
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