3rd year Ranger Trailer Brake problems 05 Z21 3rd year Ranger Trailer Brake problems 05 Z21
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    3rd year Ranger Trailer Brake problems 05 Z21
from Buzz  
6/10/2008 11:20:07 AM


 I'm still having trouble with the brakes locking up, while backing up. Three trips to the dealer, many phone calls to Ranger. REPLACED SOLINOID THREE TIMES !!. I have power from truck to solenoid, you can hear it click when tranny is placed in reverse, but no release occurs. Each time I need to use the pin on the hitch to lock tongue on hitch from retracting.

So far I found two problems that the Dealer never ever found.

Caliper bolts kept falling out, causing caliper to fall down and rub on rims. CAUSE: there where suppose to be nuts on the bolts to help lock them in place - no nuts on any of the bolts.

Nuts and bolts securing caliper to trailer hub assembly loose ( hope they arenít suppose to be loose?). But I tighten them.

Ranger thought maybe the plunger in the solenoid might be bad, but what are the chances that all three were bad???

Any other Ranger owners having these issues? And why in heck can't they design a trailer that doesn't have 25 places that weeds and milfoil can't attach to??

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   Been there with my 2005 Ranger 520 trailer from Dave520 #11473  6/10/2008 4:40:56 PM
 Buzz, I've had the same problems with my 2005 Ranger 520 trailer. The problem is that in 2005, Ranger went from UHP to Tiedown for the brake system. Ranger fixed my solinoid problem by installing a solinoid made by UHP.....fixed the problem completely. I also had the same problem with the calipers.....they installed different mounting plates and used a caliper mounting bolt with finer threads and a jam nut on the back side of the plate and also red lock-tite. Since that fix, the calipers have stayed in place.
My current problem is that my brakes make an abnormal amount of noise as the trailer comes to a slow stop with the brakes applied. Last month I had a Ranger dealer disassemble the brakes and was told that they work fine.....they just make a lot of "caliper" noise, typical for Tiedown. I'm not sure what I'm going to do at this point. I love my Ranger and how the trailer performs except for the cotton-pickin-noise. Dave

   Dave520 from Buzz  6/10/2008 5:06:38 PM
 sounds like you gave me the information that might fix my problems. But if Ranger went from UHP to Tiedown,any idea why would the UHP solinoid fixes it? Should a Tiedown soliniod be the solution? Send me an e-mail at vwagner_mnbf@hotmail.com with your phone#, I'd like to discuss it more. Or just reply on the board.

   Hole diameter in Solenoid from Dave520 #11473  6/10/2008 6:31:16 PM
 I think it was Charlie in Ranger's trailer dept that told me the by-pass hole diameter in Tiedown's solenoid was too small. They gave me the choice of reworking the Tiedown Solenoid or replacing with the tried-and-true UHP. That was a no-brainer for me. It's too bad that Ranger didn't do enough "road testing" with the Tiedown hardware before releasing them to production.

Is your trailer "quiet" when coming to a stop....say in the last 50 feet or so?

   Same Problem with my 2005 Rangertrail from Whiteboat  6/12/2008 5:43:54 PM
 I have a 2005 Rangertrail that had the same issue. The screws that hold the solenoid to the trailer also grounds it to the trailer. I just unscrewed the solenoid and cleaned up the rust in the holes and it has worked fine.

   Question for Whiteboat from Dave520 #11473  6/12/2008 8:15:47 PM
 Whiteboat.....does your trailer brakes make noise during the last 30 to 50 feet of stopping?




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