Hi folks - gotta '94 Ranger 4x2 5-speed with the 2.3. A few months ago I noticed that the transmission seems to move up and to the right a bit when I take off from a dead stop in first gear, unless I do so really gently. If I take off hard, it actually kind of thunks back down when I shift.
My local garage told me it was a bushing problem in one of the suspension arms, which sounded odd. They wanted $1500, which sounded odder, so I resolved to just drive her gently and keep rolling.
Now the steering is starting to wobble back and forth, not under all conditions but pretty significantly when it does. And this started pretty suddenly -- i.e., in the way that it would if a piece of bushing fell out, vs. the gradual way that a steering box wears out.
So, anybody got any guidance for me? This is one of those trucks that I love dearly but really just need to putter around town and don't want to spend a lot on.
Many thanks in advance, Scot Montrey email@example.com