97 Driveshaft Problem
I have a 97 Ranger 2.4L, 5 speed transmission with a one piece driveshaft. The rubber on the balancer on the front slip yoke, or vibration damper has disinigrated so the ring is now rolling around the driveshaft. I have been able to temporarily secure the ring so it does not rest on the shaft. I stopped at the local Ford dealer and had a technician look at the situation as I had no idea what the piece does. Ford could not tell me what it is called and said that they cannot order a replacement. I found two references on this site to the above. I plan on checking with local salvage yards for a replacement driveshaft. I have a couple of questions that will help me not look like a total fool:
1. What is the part called. It was connected to the yoke coming out of the transmission.
2. Will it hurt the tranny to just cut it off and not have it on the drivetrain?
3. What does the part actually do?