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Old 01-27-2011, 06:10 PM
Blues4TheRedSun Blues4TheRedSun is offline
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Default 2002 ranger edge front end problems

Hey guys this is my first post. I am running out of options trying to get my truck fixed right.I have a 2002 ford ranger edge 4 wheel drive. It has the 4.0l v6,automatic,4 door cab,29000 miles.I bought the truck used in 03 with 4000 miles on it.Everything was great until about 2 years ago when I would hit a bump or pothole driving roughly 30mph and up in 2 wheel drive.The whole front end starts to shake violently and the steering wheel would vibrate violently.To get this to stop I would have to slow down to about 10 miles an hour.I took the truck to a local garage and they said the rack and pinion needed replaced and I was leaking steering fluid also.I had the repairs done the problem was still there just not as bad.I took it back to the garage and they said everything was fine.So I lived with it for about a year until it started doing it again just as bad as the first time.This time I took it to the ford dealer and had the whole steering system checked out and had it inspected also.They said I needed new front shocks and the steerin system checked out fine.They said after the work was done the mechanic test drove the truck and everything was fine.When I got the truck I still had the same problem with the shaking but like only a fraction of what is was before.So now to today,when you hit a bump the tires and front end shake violently as does the steering wheel.This is the worst I have seen it.It is scary to drive and I drive it as little as possible.I had a reputable mechanic try and fix it and a ford dealer try and fix it and nobody has figured it out.I am on the verge of getting rid of this pos and buying a new truck.I will never by a ford again.This is my 2nd ranger,I should have kept the first one.So if any of you guys have had this problem or have heard about it and know what has to be done to fix it,It would be greatly appreciated.I am at my limit with this truck..........Thanks and sorry for the rant.
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Old 01-27-2011, 06:49 PM
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Default Re: 2002 ranger edge front end problems

Sounds like death wobble to me. You have something severely bent out of spec. Unfortunately, it's hard to get good reputable help, especially from a Ford dealership. Whatever the problem is, was simply masked by the other fixes. They never did fix it. Have you checked under the truck yourself to look for any problems? At 29,000 miles, you shouldn't have any catastrophic faults. You had to have hit something really hard at one point that screwed something up.
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Old 01-27-2011, 06:59 PM
Blues4TheRedSun Blues4TheRedSun is offline
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Default Re: 2002 ranger edge front end problems

This past weekend I rotated the tires on the suggestion of my boss.I had the truck up on stands and I looked underneath and didn't see anything that was out of wack.I am not a mechanic,but everything looked good to me.
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Old 01-27-2011, 07:10 PM
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Did you grab anything and everything and check for any kinds of play? Make sure all bolts are tight. See if your rack and pinion is secured tight. Make sure your tie rods are tight and that you can't twist them back and forth by hand. Pull the wheels and see if you can move the steering knuckle/brake rotor assembly up and down. When you're hittin bumps you're knocking something loose. To make sure I understand correctly, this only happen when you hit bumps?
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Old 01-27-2011, 07:19 PM
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Default Re: 2002 ranger edge front end problems

I did see if the wheels wobbled because this happened on one of our work trucks and the hub needed replaced. There didn't seem to be any movement in the wheels by moving it side to side or up and down.I didn't really check to see if any bolts were loose.This problem only happens when i am going like 30mph and up and hit a bump or manhole cover etc........When I take it to a different garage to get repaired(hopefully)is there anything i should tell them to look at specifically to try and find the problem? Besides telling them what is happening.
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Old 01-27-2011, 07:34 PM
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A good shop should know how to check for signs of death wobble.
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Old 01-27-2011, 08:10 PM
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damn...your truck only gets driven around 700 miles a year??
must be weird driving it for 1.5 miles a day.
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Old 01-27-2011, 08:51 PM
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Default Re: 2002 ranger edge front end problems

I have a car and a truck.For the past 11 years I have lived one block down from where I work.When the weather is nice I walk to and from work.When the weather is cold I make the 2 minute drive to and from work.Hence the low miles.
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