96 Ranger Brake Fluid Leak

Discussion in '1993 - 1997 Ford Ranger' started by bill connelly, Oct 30, 2017.

  1. bill connelly

    bill connelly New Member

    Been told I need new brake cylinders and drums. Adding fluid each week or so maintains working (?) brakes ...

    Who and what's the best way to handle this? Local dealer says parts no longer made by Ford, need generic brand. What's the options here?

    Engine also has strange sounds. Dealer exam best idea? Suggestions welcomed.
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  3. mhoward

    mhoward Member

    Hello Bill and welcome to the forum! Brakes and engine problems on a 1996. You didn't state how many miles, but if the engine has any SERIOUS issues, you may be better served by getting a different vehicle. I know... we love our Rangers, but at some point, you may have to move on. Brake parts like drums, cylinders, shoes and spring kits can be purchased easily at Advance Auto Parts / O'Reilly's / AutoZone / NAPA. Won't break the bank. If you aren't the mechanic type, you will need to find somebody who will do it for you. Non-dealership repair shops will do it, Midas / Menke and such are other options. They will, of course, NOT want you to bring your own parts because they will buy the parts wholesale and sell them to you at retail.
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    bill connelly

    bill connelly New Member

    Went with our local Ford Dealership and their "FastLane" shop. Seemed reasonable.
    You mean my Ranger's not gonna last forever?
    Who ever heard of such a thing ...
  5. mhoward

    mhoward Member

    I know! VERY hard to believe! LOL Actually, with enough money, desire and patience; you can keep it going quite possibly forever! :)
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    bill connelly

    bill connelly New Member

    ... to infinity & beyond, me hopes

    Oh btw ... 246k ....and counting
    (and the odometer is sluggish)
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  7. mhoward

    mhoward Member

    Damn... that's a lot of miles! Ya know, I think you just might get that truck to infinity! :)
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