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Old 05-16-2009, 10:38 AM
falconer falconer is offline
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Default The Clunk

I have a 2009 XLT, 4 cyl, 5 spd manual. She's got just under 600 miles on the odometer.

Yesterday, I noticed a clunking coming from the differential when letting out the clutch in first, shifting to second, or just letting off the gas while slowly driving through a lot, then re-applying the gas.

I parked on flat ground and left the tranny in neutral, then crawled underneath to check the driveshaft play. It rotates quite a bit more than what I would expect on a new vehicle.

I don't remember this happening before yesterday, so for the experts here I'm wondering how this could have suddenly become a problem.

TIA for any and all answers. I'll be calling the service department on Monday.
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Old 05-16-2009, 01:48 PM
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sounds like a ujoint but very odd on a new truck
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Old 05-18-2009, 08:15 AM
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Does it have a "limited slip" axle? if so it might be the clutch packs causing it.
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Old 05-24-2009, 05:57 PM
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Best bet is the slip yoke on the drive shaft. If your U joints are fine, and your pinion nut is torqued down, and your drive shaft flange bolts to the transfercase haven't backed out, then it's the slip yoke.

Pull your drive shaft down, get a big hand full of white lythium grease, smather up the splines, stick it back together, bolt her up. Make sure you put the boot back on.
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Old 06-26-2009, 08:18 PM
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Man thats been standard issue on every Ranger. Really common issue.
Its called axle wrap. Its basicly the angle changing on the u-joint when you start to accelerate kind of ****ing the axle/leaf springs. There's a kit you can by made by James Duff traction bars tthats basicly traction bars you bolt on. Here you go:

JD traction bars - Ford Explorer Ranger Enthusiasts Serious Explorations

Me? I fixed my clunk on my 2001 by and don't laugh by hosing the entire rear leaf spring area with spay lube. Get in in between the springs real good and she won't clunk for quite a while. Works good.

But now its time to worry about riding on the worlds worst tire. Wrangler RT/S's. Cheapest crapiest most dangerous tire ever made.Do yourself a big favor and buy new tires asap.
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