2002 Ranger Pinging sound from Drivetrain
I have a 2002 Ford Ranger 4x4 Off Road and over the past few weeks I can hear a "pinging" sound that seems to be coming from the drive train. It ca be compared to a bell ringing or a hammer on anvil sound. I can really only hear when I drive past a wall or parked car so the sound echos back to me. The pinging starts when it shifts (Auto) to 2nd gear, but doesn't stop until I come to a complete stop. I have checked the E-Brake cables as I read somewhere that they could possibly make that noise if broke and the Diff has plenty of fluid, but I have yet to pull the cover off to see if maybe the C-Clip is worn as there is about 1/4" play in the axle. I had it up on jack stands and with the Diff spinning I couldn't replicate it, as soon I took it down and drove around the block the sound is still there. Any suggestions?