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Forum: Suspension Tech 01-15-2019, 07:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 125
Posted By nelbur
Re: Are my springs bad?

It sounds to me like the person installing the shock got sidetracked and never finished the job. As to the feeling that it was "limping" I would jack up the front wheels and spin them while...
Forum: Suspension Tech 01-08-2019, 05:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 226
Posted By nelbur
Re: Clunking Noise from front end.

My advice would be to fix the shock first because it is very easy. The visible part of my upper shock bushing looked fine, but the lower part which is not visible was nearly gone. The shock work...
Forum: Suspension Tech 01-07-2019, 05:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 226
Posted By nelbur
Re: Clunking Noise from front end.

I just solved the same problem on my '99 Ranger. The top mount bushing on the original shock was some sort of hard plastic, rather than the normal rubber mount. It had deteriorated and was...
Forum: Electrical Tech 12-15-2018, 01:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 507
Posted By nelbur
Re: What battery?

I agree with Dirtman on this subject. While I have had a Mercedes brand battery last 12 years, and a Motorcraft last about 10, battery life is highly variable. If you accidentally run them flat...
Forum: Suspension Tech 12-14-2018, 11:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 207
Posted By nelbur
Re: Ranger lean [opposite]

Check for damage to the springs on the right side, both front and back. If you have tortion bars on the front, they could be set different on the right from the left.
Forum: Suspension Tech 12-06-2018, 06:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 255
Posted By nelbur
Re: Can someone identify this part?

That is your sway bar end link. You can buy the links as a kit. Replace both sides at the same time.
Forum: Drivetrain Tech 11-16-2018, 03:01 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,024
Posted By nelbur
Re: Automatic goes out of gear

It sounds like low fluid level to me. Did you add extra fluid like transman suggested in message #6?
Forum: 3.0 Vulcan Tech 08-16-2018, 07:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,358
Posted By nelbur
Re: Oil filter change on 3.0 V6

I enjoyed your sense of humor. I'll try to remember to read your post right before my next oil change, to get me in the right frame of mind.
Forum: General Tech 06-14-2018, 02:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 603
Posted By nelbur
Re: 2003 Ford Ranger serious trans leak.

I have heard of leaking servo covers on rangers, but I have not looked into the solution because it has not happened to me. It seems hard to imagine that the only solution is a reman transmission. ...
Forum: 3.0 Vulcan Tech 06-13-2018, 08:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,358
Posted By nelbur
Re: Oil filter change on 3.0 V6

That could be what the plastic piece is for. I wouldn't think a little oil would hurt a starter, but maybe the windings are open for better cooling.
Forum: 3.0 Vulcan Tech 06-12-2018, 10:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,358
Posted By nelbur
Oil filter change on 3.0 V6

I have just changed oil in my 3.0 V6 Ranger 2wd. I like to change oil hot to get the max junk out. Changing the oil filter is a problem hot or cold. I remember thinking the last time I changed...
Forum: Drivetrain Tech 04-08-2018, 09:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 429
Posted By nelbur
Re: Ring and pinion gear replacment or...

You can always tell if a dealer is lying. If his lips are moving, he is lying. Rear ends are a very robust part. If they are in bad shape they will whine, do repeated clunking, and in general...
Forum: General Tech 03-03-2018, 05:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 471
Posted By nelbur
Re: 97 abs light wont go away

The ignition switch usually has to be in the RUN position for the reader to communicate with the computer. I know because I have puzzled over why the reader could not communicate, only to find I...
Forum: Suspension Tech 01-29-2018, 06:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,434
Posted By nelbur
Re: Spongey Front End Suspension

My guess is that you have too much pressure in your tires. That will make it feel squirlly on the road as you are running on only the tread in the center of the contact patch. Too high a pressure...
Forum: Drivetrain Tech 01-15-2018, 03:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 662
Posted By nelbur
Re: u joints...

Vibration at 60 is more likely to be a tire out of balance or out of round. In my experience drive shaft related problems are worse at 40 to 45 mph.
Forum: Drivetrain Tech 12-21-2017, 07:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 607
Posted By nelbur
Re: OD off Light flashing (2000 Ford Ranger 4x4 4.0)

The OD light flashing means that it has set a transmission code, as I understand it. I believe you will have to have it read by someone with special equipment, like a dealer or transmission shop. ...
Forum: General Tech 10-07-2017, 05:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,094
Posted By nelbur
Re: rear brakes adjuster kits...

They adjust when you brake while backing up. Adjust the star wheel until you can just slide the drum on. If your adjusters are working they will tighten a bit with use. If they become looser...
Forum: General Tech 07-18-2017, 04:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 674
Posted By nelbur
Re: Need some help/suggestions on upgrading/fixing my ranger

The vibration at 70s is likely a tire balance or out of round problem. The engine has nothing to do with it.

A new engine would cost more than the truck is worth, as would a new transmission...
Forum: Drivetrain Tech 05-29-2017, 07:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,680
Posted By nelbur
Re: rear end whine?

A rear end that is noisy when pulling and quiet when coasting, is typical of a worn rear end. I would expect a worn pinion gear, but worn bearings is also a possibility. It takes some skill to...
Forum: Drivetrain Tech 03-22-2017, 08:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,995
Posted By nelbur
Re: Front brakes locking up

It sounds to me like the rear brakes are not working, causing all the stopping to be done by the front. Perhaps the proportioning valve is plugged up. I don't think there is any way for a brake...
Forum: Drivetrain Tech 02-02-2017, 06:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 480
Posted By nelbur
Re: Squealing

Sounds like a brake pad wear indicator.
Forum: Drivetrain Tech 01-13-2017, 03:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,135
Posted By nelbur
Re: Hard 1-2 up shift and down shift when warm

The valve body gaskets, there are two, are a problem in the late 90s trucks. There is a TSB that Ford issued where the gaskets and separator plate were replaced with a plate with gaskets glued to...
Forum: Drivetrain Tech 01-07-2017, 02:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,244
Posted By nelbur
Re: tranny question

Given your situation, I would loosen the valve body bolts where the gasket is sticking out, push the gasket back in, and re-torque all the valve body bolts. Then you can come back to the...
Forum: Drivetrain Tech 01-07-2017, 10:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,244
Posted By nelbur
Re: tranny question

That is a sign that you have blown out your valve body gasket. It must be replaced. There are two, but Ford has a TSB for the problem which involves replacing the separator plate with one that...
Forum: General Tech 12-21-2016, 07:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,188
Posted By nelbur
Re: 1998 Ford Ranger shakes and vibrates when making sharp turns

Do you have it in 4wd on a dry road. That will make it shake on sharp turns. You didn't say whether you had 4wd or not. The type 4wd on Rangers is to be used only on low traction surfaces like...
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