2003 Ford Ranger XLT, 3.0, 2wd reg. cab, auto/OD and I have the following issue:
Vibration felt in cab, seat and a little in steering wheel at speeds of 45 - 60 mph
NOT felt when brakes are applied.
According to 4 different service shops the front-end components and brakes are good.
NO MODS TO DRIVETRAIN OR SUSPENSION ALL STOCK.
(BFG long trail 225/70R15) on stock steel wheels. Vibrates.
Upgraded wheels to new Unique 298 steel wheels 15 x 7 balanced. Still vibrates.
After rebalancing 2 more times tire guys replaced all 4 tires at my request rebalanced at no cost warranty
. Still vibrates.
I had the drive shaft inspected and balanced it was slightly out and U-joints are good with no play. Still vibrates.
Complained to tire guys they upgraded wheels (at no cost, warranty
) to MB Motoring Blitz aluminum
wheels 15 x 7 (sweet looking) and balanced them out and I hit the road again. The ride is better, but it still vibrates.
I finally put my truck on a lift and removed the rear wheels and then reinstalled lug nuts and put it in drive. You can see the right rear drum (RH rear) bouncing slightly.
Could this be an imbalance brake drum, axle bearings, bent flange, shaft still out of balance and/or U-joints going bad and the vibration travels to rear????
This Monday Iíll remove the shaft again and this time I am going to replace both fwd and aft u-joints then have the drive shaft rebalance (warranty
Then if that does not solve it the axle comes apart, replacing the axle bearings.
If the drums were imbalanced would I feel it in the brake pedal? May be I will change the drums too or first.
I donít feel it is in the tires or wheels anymore. The tires have been replaced twice and the wheels twice and rebalanced altogether about 8 times. On the machine they are balanced. Oh I put the tires on another ranger, smooth ride.
Any ideas or similar experiences????