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1999 Ford Ranger XLT 2WD 4 liter engine. Rear drum brakes.

I've just replaced the rear...
1999 Ford Ranger XLT 2WD 4 liter engine. Rear drum brakes. I've just replaced the rear axle seals. I want to adjust the rear drum brakes. Do both wheels need to be off the ground at the same time to do this.
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Jaybird61
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Hi, My name is Jay

In order to do it correctly you will need the transmission in neutral with front wheels blocked from rolling and jack up both rear wheels so the axle can turn freely to adjust the rear brake shoes until you have a slight drag on the drum.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
That's what I thought. I had the truck up in that manner, but I made one small mistake. I had the truck up and jack stands under each side of the axle. Because I put them so far out on each side of the axles it didn't leave me any room to get my screwdriver into the adjustment holes.

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