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Old 12-27-2010, 06:41 AM
rebelproud rebelproud is offline
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Default 4WD Steering Problem

Hello,

I have a 2004 Ford Ranger Edge 4wd extended cab with Automatic transmission. One thing that I noticed is that while diving in 4wd on relatively clean pavement, it pulls to the right at about 40 mph. This only happens in 4wd. Does anyone have any idea what is causing this?


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Old 12-27-2010, 07:12 AM
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Default Re: 4WD Steering Problem

I'm sure someone will be along shortly to ask why you're useing 4wd on "relatively clean pavement", so I'll leave that for someone else...

... the pull could be a variety of things, and is most likey related to the kinda squirly handling of 4wd where adequate traction in present. (provided , of course that the road is flat and not crowned).

I'd suggest that you check air pressures and relative tire wear as a way to assure that all tires are of similar circumference. Beyond that, if the road surface is flat with no crown (like rain would sit adn not drain-off) your alignment may be slightly off (cross-camber can sometimes contribute - more positive on the right side than left)...
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Old 12-27-2010, 07:23 AM
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And why are you doing 40 in 4wd on "relatively clean pavement"? Sorry had to just couldnt pass it up. Thing is I would think alignment but its weird if it only does it in 4wd Ive never seen this before
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Old 12-27-2010, 01:23 PM
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Default Re: 4WD Steering Problem

Well, by "relatively clean pavement" here is an example of what I meant:

This morning, the streets had a couple inches of snow on them so I was in 4WD and didn't notice it pulling to either side. Then, once I got onto the highway a couple miles down the road the highway was plowed enough so that it was mostly just wet and not really any more snow. This is when I really noticed it pulling to the right. The wheel was turning if I let it go and the truck was driving into the breakdown lane.

Once I got back on the snow and under about 45 mph, I didn't really notice it as much.

I recently checked the air pressure, but I may need an alignment. Although, I haven't noticed any abnormal tire wear yet.

Could it be something to do with the bearings/hubs? Are there any common issues with these?

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