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Problem with Ford rear brakes

Ford work truck

Their is a TSB (technical service bulletin) that talks about premature wear of Ford rear brakes. The TSB was issued specifically for 1992 through 1997 model year F250 and F350 pickup trucks and Econoline vans. It discusses the inspection of the rear emergency brake cables.

Note that model specific replacement parts are available at the end of this article. I know about this issue because we have plenty of Ford trucks in our fleet both heavy duty and light. I've seen this damaged or seized cable problem on some of the newer models and the light duty F150 that doesn't fall into the parameters of the bulletin.

Basically the technical service bulletin talks about inspecting the emergency brake cables making sure they are not chafing or rubbing on a frame rail.

Over time this could cause the emergency brake cable to either Bind or seize up completely. What happens is the sheathing wears and allows water and moisture in side. If the cable does start to bind you will not get a complete or full release of the rear brake shoes. This will cause not only premature wear of the rear brakes, but can also lower your fuel economy and cause a drifting or pulling condition while driving and braking.

Ford brakes and premature wear

picture of worn out rear brakes

The telltale sign that there is a problem with your emergency brake cable. Is that a set of ford rear brakes will normally last for an average of about 50,000 miles. If you replace them every 25,000 miles there could be a problem.

Keep in mind that driving habits and conditions play a big role on brake replacement intervals. This is just a rule of thumb. The best advice is when performing a rear brake job on any model, but especially Ford pickup trucks take a few extra minutes to make sure that the emergency brake cable is not binding.

e-brake cable picture

In the technical service bulletin they talk about re-routing the emergency brake cable away from any rubbing areas. You can also insulate the cable where it passes close to any frame rail.

There are several methods to accomplish this modification but I prefer using either rubber hose secured with wire ties or even plastic conduit will work and hold up to rubbing and chafing. Driving around with your rear brakes applied for long periods of time can cause other problems with the vehicle. The excessive heat buildup can warp your rear drums and also cause a shutter when braking.

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Ford pickup truck rear brakes and cables are available aftermarket. But our fleet service division has been getting these replacement e-brake cables directly from the Ford dealership parts department.

The replacement cables from Ford come with the insulated sections already installed so that no rubbing problem will cause a repeat failure. Although I have seen this problem often it is not exclusive to ford vehicles. Whenever you replace rear brakes take a few extra minutes and inspect the emergency brake operation to a sure your efforts of replacing rear brakes will last as long as they are supposed to.

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