Hoping For Good News...
I have a 2001 Ranger 4 X 2, 2.5L, with 3.73 gears.
I don't know if it's related or not, but a couple of months ago, I had the rear pinion seal changed, by a reliable mechanic.
A few days ago, it may have been my imagination, but something felt a little funny, accelerating from a stop - but only that one time.
Now I am hearing a noise from the rear - a faint metallic whine - almost like, but not quite, like a blown rear master cylinder. The noise is present under acceleration, and while coasting, but it seems to go away at certain speeds, and it goes away at 50+ mph. No vibration or other drivability problems.
In short, I am very short on cash; don't do anything more than tuneup's, and am hoping that the rear isn't going. I brought it to my trusted mechanic, who told me that the noise is too faint, to correctly point out the problem, without a teardown.
Anyone have any suggestions?
Thanks in advance