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Old 12-08-2009, 08:05 PM
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Default Rear axle problems

My 99 3.0 liter 4x2 Ranger seems to have rear axle problems...

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When you shake the truck from side to side, from the side, you hear a definite click... take the wheel off, and pull in and out on the hub, and you hear it.

My friend mechanic says my axle(s) are loose.

My rear axle seals, which were replaced earlier this year, are also leaking again.

When driving, I swear a feel a low, slow vibration... more like a low rumbling feeling under my seat, more noticeable in higher speeds.

Is there an issue with my axle(s)? And if so, could someone point me in the right direction to figuring out what?
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Old 12-08-2009, 08:11 PM
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can't help you with fixing it, but i can help you with replacing it. if you've had problems with that axle before you can pick up a decent axle at junkyards for around $200-250. might be worth it if problems dont cease
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The side to side clicking is normal. The axle is held in by C clips and there is some play to them. My truck makes this noise all the time. Not sure about the other noise.
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Old 12-08-2009, 08:46 PM
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rumble sounds like pinion bearing.
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The side to side clicking is normal. The axle is held in by C clips and there is some play to them. My truck makes this noise all the time. Not sure about the other noise.
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Old 12-09-2009, 08:44 AM
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When driving, I swear a feel a low, slow vibration... more like a low rumbling feeling under my seat, more noticeable in higher speeds.

Is there an issue with my axle(s)? And if so, could someone point me in the right direction to figuring out what?

ujoint, replace it and you should be good, they will be some movement in the rear end but not much, a axle seal doesn't hold the axle so that will be part of anything you posted
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Old 12-09-2009, 09:08 AM
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sounds like a good time for that explorer axle upgrade to have disc brakes while your replacing stuff.
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:15 AM
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The side to side clicking is normal. The axle is held in by C clips and there is some play to them. My truck makes this noise all the time. Not sure about the other noise.
That's what my dad said. He's an experienced mechanic, too. He said something about it being Ford, and the type of axle, that it's normal.

Thanks for that.

As for the U-joints, I had someone look at those some time ago, and they were normal, he said. However, this 'rumbling' is worse, now than it was then. So... I'll have the pinion bearing checked...
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