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01 Rancher ES I just purchased and is very ggod shape and has been well taken care of..the rear brake pedal wont return to the up position and was VERY hard to pull up by hand...sprayed with screwloose very well and can now work it by hand but wont return to normal position without forcing it
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As long as it's free and well lubricated, then check the springs. There should be one connected to the rear of the lever.

There also might be some sort of spring back where the lever attaches to the drum. Make sure it's not caked up with mud and is free to move. Does the hand lever spring back normally, or does it also hang?
 

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hand lever works good...nothing caked up..thought was maybe washed and something may have rusted up a tad and froze it
 

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If washing caused parts to rust and freeze, then there'd be trouble in River City for everyone who has ever ridden in the rain, on on dew covered grass, or through a mud puddle or creek. ;)

I don't know how your machine is designed, but my foreman has 2 connections back at the drum. One is a rod coming from the foot pedal, and the other is a cable coming from the hand lever. Look back at those 2 connections and just make sure everything looks good and free and well lubricated.

There isn't a whole lot of areas to get hung up. If it's not a problem back at the drum then just make sure the foot lever is free and lubricated and the spring is in place.
 

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If it's been sitting any length of time, you will probably have to pull the brake pedal off and clean the rust off the shaft with some sandpaper or emery cloth and then grease it. Those older model Ranchers are bad for the brake pedal rusting or seizing up, I've seen lots of them do that.
 

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Brake Pedal seized

Anyone have tips to removing the brake pedal? I have an 01 Rancher 350. Treat me like a 10 yr old if need be, I'm apparently missing something. Even checked the service manual, and still can't get the pedal off...
 

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Anyone have tips to removing the brake pedal? I have an 01 Rancher 350. Treat me like a 10 yr old if need be, I'm apparently missing something. Even checked the service manual, and still can't get the pedal off...
because it's rusted on the shaft bro !. couple ways of getting it off ?, depends on how much time you got ?, and energy ?..lol. first..find you some spray lube, blaster or what ever you like ?, I use wd-40. next, round up a 2 lb sledge hammer, or at least a 1 lb ?, ( any hammer will work ? ) the bigger..the faster though !..lol. next, round up a propane torch. you will need this..trust me !..lol. i'm guessing you already have the carter pin out ?, and the outer washer..right ?, next...pry the dust seal out from around the pedal and shaft ( if it's still there ?..lol ). there is also one in the backside ?, but you won't be able to get it off ?..soo..forget about it. now fire that propane torch up ( make sure you get the pastic swing arm caps out !..and any other rubber parts near by moved ! ). heat the crap outta the pedal area right where it sits on the shaft. once it starts to get red hot ?..whack the crap outta it with your hammer. this will knock it down, spray it with lube, hit it back up, rinse and repeat the process..sooner or later the pedal will move freely on its own. once you get it to move easier ?..when working it up and down, be pulling on it outwards...MAKE SURE YOU WEAR GLOVES IF YOU JUST HEATED IT!!!!!. IT'S HOT YA KNOW !..LOL. before long...it will come off :).
 

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I am feeling your pain. I spent several hours yesterday trying to get mine off a 07 rancher. Tried propane, hammer, gear puller, crowbar, floor jack one the pedal..... this pedal is going no where! I can lift it up by hand and step on it to push down. One trick I did was to cut the cable. It was shot anyways and limits the travel down on the pedal (remove the springs). I am just about ready to abandon it and just use the hand brake.

Hope you are able to succeed.
 

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I am feeling your pain. I spent several hours yesterday trying to get mine off a 07 rancher. Tried propane, hammer, gear puller, crowbar, floor jack one the pedal..... this pedal is going no where! I can lift it up by hand and step on it to push down. One trick I did was to cut the cable. It was shot anyways and limits the travel down on the pedal (remove the springs). I am just about ready to abandon it and just use the hand brake.

Hope you are able to succeed.
i'll bet you my last dollar ..with my big hammer, wd-40, and about 1 hour or more ?, i'd have that pedal off that shaft !..lmfao. from what your saying ?..it does move a little ?..great..your headed in the right direction !. it's all about heat !..the faster you move it up and down ?, making it heat up ?..the faster that rust inside the pedal is getting smooth inside there ?, and sooner or later it will come off !. and it sure enough helps to have the cables unhooked !!..lol.
 

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Thanks Shadetree, it will move up and down, as of yet no luck getting it to move toward the end of the shaft. I had a feeling I was going to end up needing a torch. Also discovered, the pedal is bent flat on one side. I assume the previous owner hit it with the 2lb sledge you recommend. I hadn't yet discovered the dust ring. It's removal will be next.
 

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Thanks Shadetree, it will move up and down, as of yet no luck getting it to move toward the end of the shaft. I had a feeling I was going to end up needing a torch. Also discovered, the pedal is bent flat on one side. I assume the previous owner hit it with the 2lb sledge you recommend. I hadn't yet discovered the dust ring. It's removal will be next.
I smack it right where the foot spikes are ?..then I hit it right under there. over time, it will get easier...and you will be able to work it off the shaft. been there, done that...still do it !..lol.
 

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Ok Teo, let's have a race who can get their pedals off first. If you can get yours off in less than a month you probably will beat me.lol
 

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Ok Teo, let's have a race who can get their pedals off first. If you can get yours off in less than a month you probably will beat me.lol
lmaoooooooooo^^^^^^^^^^^^...ready ?..set ?...GO !..LMFAOOOOOOOO.:icon_gd:
 

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Ok after messing around with this pedal for another couple of hours today I'm throwing in the towel. I got the pedal loose enough now that the brake return spring will move the pedal back. figure if it works go with it. Will keep it lubed periodically and hopefully will keep working.

Hope you are able to get yours off or break free enough to use.
 

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Took at least 3 weeks every day; hammered on it a few times; more WD40; repeated the next day, and again, and again. Moves with finger pressure now but will not come off the peg. Have no heat! Tried with a 3 jaw puller would not fit, looking for 2 jaw puller to see if it will fit. I know one thing; it's coming off just not sure of when and how.
 
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