It’s been around for what seems like an eternity, but in the twilight of its existence the venerable, yet still strong-selling Ford Ranger is the subject of a recall. This particular alert relates to manual transmission equipped models built between June 8th 2009 and February 2nd 2010. The problem stems from a faulty parking brake cable that could become disconnected from the right rear drum actuator, primarily during cold weather if damp shoes have become frozen overnight in the applied position. This would result in extended pedal travel meaning the parking brake would not operate, a potentially serious problem during hill starts or other incline related situations.
At post time, Ford had identified nine separate incidents on Rangers equipped with manual gearboxes and built within the specified time period, however no accidents have yet been documented as a result of the problem. Dealers are now authorized to install a revised rear brake actuator to address the problem. Ranger owners with any questions are being urged to contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.