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Old 02-22-2011, 04:46 PM
bhoffmann63 bhoffmann63 is offline
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Default Suspension Repair

Hello all, I'm looking for some advice on the front suspension of my 1999 Ranger. Just before winter set in, I noticed a popping sound coming from the front end at low speeds which was proportional to my speed. Several weeks later, the front end started vibrating more than usual at highway speeds (above 60 MPH).
The truck has 220K miles and has been mostly trouble free, but is now showing it's age and its time for some major surgery.

Should I go all out on the front end and replace everything I can to include upper and lower control arms, coil springs, tie rod ends, shocks (am I missing anything)? Most of what I read states I can change out just the ball joints on the LCA's, but I'm not sure as they also state my Ranger has torsion bars when it don't.

What is the best manual to get for the truck short of paying $$$ for the HELM manual?

My end goal is to get a few more years out of the vehicle, but I don't want to break the bank. I still have the clutch to do, then move on to the engine issues. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

1999 XLT - 2.5L 2WD - 220K Miles and still going.
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:35 PM
sgtsandman sgtsandman is offline
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Default Re: Suspension Repair

See if you can find out what the problem is. It's probably a ball joint. Possibly a control arm bushing but ball joints are more common. Also check your tie rod ends for play. Twisting easily from front to back is ok, sided to side is not.
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