1995 Ranger Drivetrain binding?
My son just bought a 1995 Ranger manual with v6. He parked it in the school lot and after school it would not go forward. It could back up but not go forward.
I went to look at it. Jacked up the rear end and both tires would turn by hand when in the air. Although I noticed that when I turned one wheel the other did not move. The opposite tire should spin in the opposite direction from what I have seen for normal differential operation.
Put it on the ground and tried to drive. Would not move. If we applied lots of power the right tire would begin to spin some.
We towed it forward a few feet and the left rear tire just skidded on the ground and did not turn at all.
Drove it in reverse a couple blocks to his house. At his house it rolled forward when we stopped in the drive. So we tried to go forward and it drove a couple of times around the block.
Next morning he backed out of the drive and then it would not go forward. He backed around the block then it would drive forward. He parked it back in the drive without any further driving.
I am very mechanical but have not spent any time yet on serious drivetrain matters. Any guidance on possible issues will be helpful.