inkblotz wrote:How did you determine it was brakes? After driving awhile get out and put your hand on each wheel feeling for heat. If a caliper is sticking it will be very hot to the touch. That said if one caliper is sticking the G will be pulling one way or another. Another option if it is brakes is that the hand brake cables are corroded internally and will not release fully. And along that same line the adjusters at each wheel could be corroded as well. Jack up the G. release the parking brake chock the tires that are down and free spin each tire. If you don't feel any resistance than more than likely it is not brake related. I had the rear drum drag due to bad cables replace the cable and off she went.
From what you describe I am not 100% convinced it is brakes though.
mserpe wrote:if anything with the spring missing, its the other way around.
When you lift the truck, and have no spring, or the wrong bias spring, then you are putting barely any brake bias to the rear, thus when you need to slow down a lot, and you don't have correct rear brake pressure, you are pushing the fronts too hard.
This is not only an unsafe brake condition, but also can cause the brakes to overheat and fail from heat.
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