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Old 12-10-2009, 08:06 AM
02Edge 02Edge is offline
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Default Slight shudder in 2WD, No problems in 4WD

As I move forward from a complete stop in 2WD, there is what can only be described as a shuddder, or stutter. After the truck is moving, everything is good and shifting feels good. No shudder in 4WD. I recently replaced plugs and wires thinking it may be an ignition miss but the shudder still exists. Is my transfer case going? I have a 1 year powertrain warranty and want to use it if that's the case.

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Old 12-16-2009, 11:13 AM
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It looks like one of my leaf springs is damaged or worn out and possibly causing this weird shudder. I bet replacing springs is a fortune aint it?
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:22 AM
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My guess is u-joints but I don't know much about the newer rigs.
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Old 12-16-2009, 01:00 PM
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what the leaf spring look like to be damaged. are they broke of what
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Old 12-16-2009, 01:09 PM
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I bet replacing springs is a fortune aint it?
Not at all.
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Old 12-17-2009, 10:36 AM
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what the leaf spring look like to be damaged. are they broke of what
Sorry for this amateur explanation, but with the truck on a lift, we rotated the rear wheels with our hands - on the driver side, the individual sheets of steel that make up the spring seperated (the pin holding them together didn't hold them together). The passenger side had none of this.
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Old 12-17-2009, 12:40 PM
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at the front and back of the spring they are goning to seperate a lil. in the middle of the spring where the spring and axle meet it should not. can you try to desribe the shutter a lil more. or make a vid of it?
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Old 01-16-2010, 01:58 PM
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Former master tech, just purchased a 06 4.0 4x4 auto with what sounds like the same issue. just starting to look into. I will pass along anything i find. Good luck!
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Old 01-16-2010, 02:00 PM
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The problem temporarily went away with a load of firewood in the bed....but it returned as soon as we unloaded, so I'm ruling out an engine or ignition problem.
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Old 01-17-2010, 02:20 AM
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Well, just leave a few hundred pounds in the bed then, problem solved! lol
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Old 06-15-2010, 10:56 AM
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Default Re: Slight shudder in 2WD, No problems in 4WD

I own a 2000 xlt and have the same prob. A mechanic told me that the way the springs interact with the shackels make this a common problem w/Rangers and not to worry. But I would really like to have the stutter/shudder go away.
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Old 06-25-2010, 09:10 PM
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Default Re: Slight shudder in 2WD, No problems in 4WD

Hi guys, Im new to the forum for this exact reason. I recently became a Ranger owner and love the truck. I have an 03 FXR with 40k miles and have the exact same "studder". Only when coming to a complete stop or taking off from a complete stop. Checked u-joints, motor mounts, rearend, driveshaft...etc. One mechanic told me I had a miss in the motor, computer says not. Another said I needed a new tranny...not. And my local Ford dealer said, "Hell I have no idea". Another Ford guy said it may be the tranny computer not having the latest download? My buddies 2009 F150 does the exact same thing. Can anybody help?
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Old 06-25-2010, 09:17 PM
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Default Re: Slight shudder in 2WD, No problems in 4WD

The "Shudder" con't: I should have mentioned I have the 4.0 liter Automatic also. I did a tranny filter and fluid service. Wasnt even dirty and there were no signs of shavings in the pan. Didnt fix the problem. Also had the computer checked, nothing showed up in the memory. My Ford guy says he stumped. He asked me to have a new cellaniod put in the tranny, but he admits he guessing and told me that was mainly for a slipping problem but not the shudder.
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Old 06-26-2010, 01:37 PM
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Former master tech, just purchased a 06 4.0 4x4 auto with what sounds like the same issue. just starting to look into. I will pass along anything i find. Good luck!
Hi, did you ever find an answer to the shudder?
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Old 06-26-2010, 03:05 PM
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Default Re: Slight shudder in 2WD, No problems in 4WD

I've noticed my '99 (see sig.) seems to do the same "shudder" thing. I just had it in the shop yesterday for the rear brakes. They locked up on me, luckily I was in my driveway. I was hoping the new brakes would have put an end to this little shudder, but it hasn't. I'm subscribing to this thread in the hopes that there's a simple solution. Thanks.
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