Alright so Im new to the forums, and really a new Ranger owner. I have an 04 Ford Ranger 2.3L 4x2. Took her off roading while home on leave and heard a clunk and felt a whole lot of vibration in my cab and through my shifter lever. Took a look under the truck to find this Huge steel ring hanging on my snout end of the tranny. It was sitting over a rubber coating (which the duct tape is covering) and it wont sit back on snuggly(Which is why I used the tape to make it back home at a slow putter). Not too sure if I need this ring or not, doesnt seem to do much. Had my father look at it since he owned a 97 ranger 2.3l and didnt know what it was nor did he remember having one on his truck.
Im at a crossroads guys, can someone/anyone help me out here? Can I just get rid of the ring? If not, how do I fix it?