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Old 12-08-2009, 07:54 PM
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I'm new here. I'm no enthusiast, just a guy who happens to own two Rangers.

This question is related to my 1991 5-speed 4.0 liter 4x4.

At low speeds, especially in 2nd gear, but also in first, at constant speed, not as much when accelerating, there is a very noticeable shaking.. Okay, more like shuddering. It's a little bit more...urgent... when you steer.

Now, the alignment is really, really messed up. it's almost like |-\ on the right. The left is out, too... Ball joints have been replaced, as well as the tie-rod ends. I haven't aligned it yet, because I believe more parts need replacement.

Anyways, for the shuddering... Could the poor alignment and aged front-end parts cause it, or might it be the transmission? Within the last few thousand miles, it's had a new clutch installed. But I know nothing more about it.

If it might be the transmission, hell, I'll just drive it till it dies. If it's the steering... well, I'm fixing that anyways. I just want to know which it could be.

I suppose with shuddering, it is more likely a tranny thing... Like I said, I'm just a guy who happens to own two Rangers.
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Old 12-08-2009, 10:45 PM
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is your truck x cab might be the carrier bearing
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Old 12-09-2009, 06:29 AM
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What parts do you think need to be replaced before you get it aligned?

I'm not sure you'll be able to properly diagnose and pinpoint the problem as long as your alignment is so jacked up. You might want to get that done before you start tearing in to the tranny. Besides, even if you do have a trans problem, you'll still need to get it aligned anyway.
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:18 AM
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It's an extended cab, yes.

Carrier bearing? I'll look into that, thank you.

As for the alignment, sure, I was planning on taking care of that soon, anyways.
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:18 AM
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Don't know if your '91 has 'em, but my '88 has u joints on the ends of the front axle. Mine were hashed, caused all kinds of noise and vibration when turning. I noticed it locking in the hubs the first time, 20 miles off road. I drove home and did a bunch of front end work (still ain't finished but I'm lazy).
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