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Old 06-10-2010, 10:44 AM
KF5EQV KF5EQV is offline
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Default Need help IDing problem

problem first manifested as difficulty turning while in 4x4. The turning felt very stiff and was very similar to turning without power steering fluid. Being new to 4x4 I ignored this thinking it was normal while in 4x4. Dumb newb mistake I know.

Then recently while driving through some mud (not deep mud mind you, more like sliding through puddles at low speed) I heard a soft POP! sound from the front passenger side wheelwell and smoke/steam started pouring out from under the truck. I panicked and immediately came to a stop and turned the truck off. I got out and climbed under the truck to see if I could see anything, but the mud under was too thick. When I started the truck back up everything seemed fine, but I drove it home very slow anyways where I could spray it out with the hose to inspect again.

Once I had cleaned the bottom out, I inspected a second time. Nothing visible, and the noise/smoke was gone. I drove it around the block to test and even put it in 4x4H and drove through my yard a few times to see if it would do it again, and nothing. I asked a buddy of mine who I believed at the time was pretty knowledgeable on the subject and I was told "Oh yeah, it happens all the time. It's just mud steaming on the hot axle/transmission". (I thought this sounded wrong, but who am I to question his years of experience right, I'm just some newb trying to learn about his truck. )

Anyways... all went well for about a week or two, no noise, no smoke, nothing. Then this very light, almost unhearable clicking sound starts from the front passenger wheelwell, but only when I make a left turn. The noise grows a little bit louder over the course of the following week and now does it all the time, regardless of turning. What is this and how do I fix it?

Thanks to all for any help.

This happened BEFORE I did the torsion crank. I only mention this because I have suspicions that this will end up being CV joint related and I thought that might be relevant.
2001 Ford Ranger XLT - 4x4 - 4-Door extended cab - Flareside - 3.0 V6
Westin Brush Guard, K&N Air Filter, Air Silencer Mod, Torsion Bar cranked/leveled, Campershell,

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Old 06-10-2010, 04:23 PM
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Default Re: Need help IDing problem

Most likely the cv joint. The pop you heard was your cv binding up. The smoke was just steam from the water hitting your hot axle housing/ exhaust. While your checkin out your cv's you might wanna look at your wheel bearings just to make sure. Oh not sure if the 01's have the auto hubs, but if it does you might have broken a hub. That would also explain the popping noise.
2003 Ranger FX4 level II. 3" BL, 33x12.50 GT Radial Mud Claws, Custom front and rear bumpers with winch hookups, custom flatbed, with hi-lift, and full size spare mount, 12,000 lb winch mounted under bed, Electric fan, and of course a flowmaster.
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