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Old 03-14-2013, 07:50 PM
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First off, hello to all. New member, have used these forums for several things before.
Ok so now for the issue at hand. Was driving my truck to work in morning through multiple stop lights and stop n go traffic as usual. Then after being stopped I accelerated on green 5'-10' and came to an abrupt stop tires screeching and all. Tried all 5 gears w the same result. Eventually I found reverse worked and after enough traffic cleared I was able to reverse out of the way. I felt something give and tried the forward gears again and they worked again. After the incident however I hear noises from my drivetrain when I coast/let off the gas. If I engage my clutch it reduces the noise level but its still evident. Also after coasting if I do not bring my rpm up to match my speed I will hear and feel clunk/clank when I let off clutch. I have changed fluid in tranny and rear diff but found nothing substantial in either one. I am on a very tight budget with no alternate vehicle and I really need some good accurate help to identify and fix my trusty ranger, hence my membership to this great site. Thanks in advance to any replies. They are greatly appreciated
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Old 03-17-2013, 07:50 PM
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Ok so after a few days of impatient waiting I decided to try and fix part of this problem on my own. Took my back wheels off and slid off drums. Again I found no significant sign of anything badly damaged but since brake shoes and kit were only $30 total I decided what the heck. Post procedure I wish I could have taken pics and posted but I was alone on this project and was racing against daylight. I have only driven it around for a day and have tried it on several different types of slopes. All seems to be well and I have eased up on my cringing at stop lights and signs. Seems as though I may have solved the wheel lock up issue but noise from drivetrain is still evident. I can kind of control it for now so if anyone has any suggestions please let me know. Thanks
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:47 AM
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Had this happen once on my Honda 4 wheeler and it was the exact same thing, rear brake shoe exploded and would lock the rear axle up. Can't imagine this was your problem, my guess would be rear end however I sure hope you fixed your problem. Keep us up to date.
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Old 03-18-2013, 07:46 AM
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Had this happen once on my Honda 4 wheeler and it was the exact same thing, rear brake shoe exploded and would lock the rear axle up. Can't imagine this was your problem, my guess would be rear end however I sure hope you fixed your problem. Keep us up to date.
Agree, keep posting, it could be many things and we need a little more info to make an accurate call.
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Old 03-18-2013, 07:59 AM
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Don't know if your brake job included going through the wheel cylinders but I would suspect them if anything in the brake system were at fault.
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:57 AM
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ok so a friend of mine who is way more mechanically savvy than i suggests it may be my parking/emergency brake. i am going to disconnect the cables from my shoes and test run the idea for a couple days because my wheels locked up again luckily this time out of traffic in a parking lot. if the test works i will replace the cables. if not i guess its back to square one. ugh!! also how can you tell if your wheel cylinder needs replacing. there was no sign of leaking when i pulled the drums off but if it is a possibility they are the culprits i will look into changing them as well
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:21 AM
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9 times out of 10 if your wheel cylinders are not leaking they are fine
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:23 AM
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You may want to remove the rear end cover plate and check the gears, the spider gear pin may have slid causing it to lock up. Hitting reverse may have released it, and locking up like that may have damaged the trans.
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:48 AM
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thanks tomboy. i will re-inspect the gears. i only checked for debris in the fluid when i changed it last week didnt look at anything else. also i do not believe my tranny has taken any substantial damage. i think its my joints the drive shaft possibly. tranny seems to be working fine its only when i coast that i hear the noises as if theres slack.
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Old 03-21-2013, 05:35 AM
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okay so a couple days now through my usual heavy traffic and stop light route to and from work. No lock up. I did some more research on the braking system and after you change the shoes on the rear drums and bolt your wheels back on you are supposed to reverse the truck to set the adjuster or something to that idea not sure exactly what it does. But when I was done changing my brakes the other day I only reversed a couple feet. Well after my last post I decided that maybe I should reverse a little longer just in case. So I reversed about 50' and have yet to have a lock up issue since. My thought on the whole issue now is that my brake hardware just needed a good tune up, i.e. new springs, cleaning of parts not replaced and lubing up adjuster and back plate. When my original lock up happened I believe it damaged my joints from tranny to drive shaft and I think thats where my coasting noise is coming from. I will be looking into that the next couple weeks seeing as how I can semi control it for now.
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:15 PM
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I had a 96 jimmy years ago that had I very similar sound and lock up your describing in stop and go traffic. Only difference is I had just switched into 4wd bc there was a lot if snow put down. Vehicle locked up, slid me sideways. After getting control couldn't move until I cycled through gears. Made awful noise and could feel it through pedal and floor. Stopped and had it towed. Turns out the rear diff went out. That jimmy had nickle and dimed me the last time. I had it fixed and it never came back home. Drove straight to a dealer and traded for dodge 4x4.

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Old 04-21-2013, 05:39 PM
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I had a couple of days of drive train noises and then a clunk when turning in a parking lot. Today, it all came to a head. I was coming home at about 45mph on the highway when there was a loud bang from my left rear wheel. Next thing I know, I had no control, the rear wheels locked up and I wound up in the right hand ditch facing the way I had come. The wheels would not move at all, two guys who came to my rescue could not get it to back out. Another guy with a full sized Ford pickup pulled me out with a chain. The tires left skid marks across the road and onto the nearby dirt road.

I was so lucky that I was not going fast, if I had been, I am sure the truck would have hit harder and may have jumped the ditch to hit a tree. I am hoping it is an "easy" fix, but my mechanic will tell me when he gets a chance. I love my little 4 x 4 truck. I would hate to lose it. I am only the second owner. It had 91,000 miles on it when I got it and now has over 137,000.
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Old 04-21-2013, 06:00 PM
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Default Re: rear wheel lock up, now drivetrain noises need help

Might want to get the tranny looked at also.
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