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Old 06-15-2012, 10:01 AM
millertime_91745 millertime_91745 is offline
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Exclamation heavy engine Vibrations/bouncing... Help... Transmission or engine? I have issues.

I am fresh fish in this pond... lets see what you can do FRF...

I have a 2001 3.0L V6 automatic.

To begin; I bought this truck from someone so I donít know the entire history of the vehicle. The more I look under the hood the more suspicious I become about its maintenance.

Problem 1;
The Colum shifter shows the standard gears P R N D 2 1, however the low gear (1 gear) is either nonexistent or does not work. I cannot put it in the low gear, it will jut move back into the 2nd gear. I donít know if it was never there to begin with but either way it isnít there now. Is that normal?

Next problem:
I recently drove this truck on a road trip from California to Nebraska. The trip was about 2000 miles. I had a full bed full of boxes and furniture. As to be expected the truck struggled a little up the hills and it struggled a little up the mountains. In Vale Colorado (in the Rockies) it died a little. Pulling out of a post office I heard a loud noise and it seemed as if I lost power in the lower gears. The noise wasnít a pop or a bang, it was more like a rock hit the undercarriage, but there were no rocks. At my next stop I noticed that the engine shook and felt like it was rumbling irregularly in reverse. It felt as if the truckís engine was bouncing. I would drop in speed from 65 down to 35 in about a mile when going up the hills and I have no power in low gears. this wasn't the case before. The heavy vibrations occur below 2500rpm and the increase in severity as I go slower, being the worst when I am stopped in drive. If I am in park I can feel the irregular vibration but it isnít as severe as when I am in drive and stopped. I was able to drive the rest of the trip but I felt the vibration every time the rpmís dropped below 2500, if the engine was working and the rpmís were above 2500 I didnít feel it.
I need to get this fixed. I have no Check engine lights. I want to see if I can fix this myself. I donít know how to approach this one. Is it the engine or the transmission? I suspect the transmission but I donít know.
After taking the load out of the truck it continues to struggle. Any suggestions? Has this happened to anyone else? Iím looking for something I can work with before I take it to the repair shop and sell my soul.
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:04 PM
1997D_RANGER 1997D_RANGER is offline
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Sounds like tranny to me.. Could have broken your flywheel ring gear though..

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2500 rpm, bouncing, low gears, no power, vibrations

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