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Old 08-16-2015, 07:50 AM
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Default 2004 ford Ranger 4x4 clunk

I know that there are a few mechanical inclined people here so I am going to ask here vehicle is a 2004 manual 5speed 4x4.

When I Upshift 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd gear I get A clunk I am not sure if it is ujoints because it doesn't do it when I down shift.
I am also wondering if the 2wheel to 4x4 switch is stuck on 4 wheel high.

I am me mechanically inclined but more for older vehicles. Hell the last vehicle I owned was long ago and the last 4x4 I owned had manual shifter to switch to 4x4 which I prefer over this stupid on the dash switch.
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Old 08-16-2015, 08:45 AM
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Check the ujoints if there ok you might have to lube the splines on the drive shaft under the rubber boot.
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Old 08-16-2015, 09:44 AM
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Thanks for the reply. I am going to check that out
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Old 08-16-2015, 03:16 PM
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I have a automatic and lubing the splines as stated did the job...
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Old 08-16-2015, 03:50 PM
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Newer f150's have this issue. Disconnect the driveshaft from the rear diff. Use a 12 pt socket. I believe it's a 14 or 15mm. 6pt will booger it up. And get motocraft lube. It's a bright blue. Use some dykes to cut one of the metal bands holding the boot on. And lube liberally. The driveshaft should be keyed so don't force it back on. Find the spline that's fatter than the others and fit it back in with the fatter gap.

May be slightly different with rangers but it should be pretty close to the same.
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Old 08-16-2015, 03:54 PM
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Newer f150's have this issue. Disconnect the driveshaft from the rear diff. Use a 12 pt socket. I believe it's a 14 or 15mm. 6pt will booger it up. And get motocraft lube. It's a bright blue. Use some dykes to cut one of the metal bands holding the boot on. And lube liberally. The driveshaft should be keyed so don't force it back on. Find the spline that's fatter than the others and fit it back in with the fatter gap. May be slightly different with rangers but it should be pretty close to the same.
Rangers are a 12mm socket I believe. I don't think they're key'd either, newer ones could be, though.
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Old 08-16-2015, 04:07 PM
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Rangers are a 12mm socket I believe. I don't think they're key'd either, newer ones could be, though.
Gotcha. Like I said some of the details may be a bit off. If it is keyed though you'll know. It won't go on. So if you think you're forcing it, then stop. Can't stress the 12 pt socket enough though. I use a 3/8 impact with a swivel socket. Can have this done in 10 minutes.
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Old 08-17-2015, 06:06 AM
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I have noticed that there is a little bit of play in the first drive shaft what I mean is that I can turn the drive shift clockwise approximately 1/8-1/4 of an inch I am sure that this isn't right how do I take up the slack ?
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Old 08-17-2015, 06:16 AM
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I have noticed that there is a little bit of play in the first drive shaft what I mean is that I can turn the drive shift clockwise approximately 1/8-1/4 of an inch I am sure that this isn't right how do I take up the slack ?
That's normal.
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Old 08-17-2015, 07:29 AM
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I have noticed that there is a little bit of play in the first drive shaft what I mean is that I can turn the drive shift clockwise approximately 1/8-1/4 of an inch I am sure that this isn't right how do I take up the slack ?
First driveshaft? The front you mean? Or do you have a two piece?
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Old 08-17-2015, 09:51 AM
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ooops I meant front lol actually the rear has 1/4-1/8th play but the front has around 1/2" play .
what do you mean two piece? there is one solid drive shaft for the front wheels and one for the rear wheels.


another question is there after market locking hubs so I can free the front wheels or am I stuck with the stock hubs where I cannot free them .
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Old 08-17-2015, 10:03 AM
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ooops I meant front lol actually the rear has 1/4-1/8th play but the front has around 1/2" play . what do you mean two piece? there is one solid drive shaft for the front wheels and one for the rear wheels. another question is there after market locking hubs so I can free the front wheels or am I stuck with the stock hubs where I cannot free them .
Some trucks have a two piece driveshaft for the rear end that has a carrier bearing in the middle. The Front driveshaft will have more play in it, due to front CV axle play. If you turn the front driveshaft back and forth you'll see the front axles moving as well. It's not the differential, more so the axles.
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Old 08-17-2015, 10:18 AM
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Some trucks have a two piece driveshaft for the rear end that has a carrier bearing in the middle.

Front driveshaft will have more play in it, due to front CV axle play. If you turn the front driveshaft back and forth you'll see the front axles moving as well. It's not the differential, more so the axles.
oh ok thank you, it almost feels like my truck is in 4wheel high
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Old 08-17-2015, 11:15 AM
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oh ok thank you, it almost feels like my truck is in 4wheel high
You might have a bad front axle, does it make a lot of noise up front? Like a grinding sound?
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Old 08-17-2015, 11:18 AM
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Mine had a clunk,they lubed the front drive shaft yoke,no more clunk,about 2 years ago.
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