Something "loose" in suspension...
Hi, new member here but I've been lurking for a while.
I have an issue that maybe someone could give me some ideas on.
First, my Ranger:
2000 standard cab short bed
2.3 4 cyl engine 2 wheel drive
5 speed standard transmission
around 170k mileage
The Ranger has always been very reliable and to this day runs like a top. General maintenance has always been kept up.
Lately there seems to be a worsening issue "somewhere" with the suspension.
I consider myself a "car guy" and do most basic work myself.
However, I am not too fluent with suspension parts\issues so I figured I'd post here.
Lately, there seems to be something "loose" within the suspension. Whenever I go over a small bump\dip or sometimes when a sharp turn is made, I can hear and feel something "pop", like it is loose.
It started almost unnoticed but it has gotten very bad as of late.
I have also started having a hard time keeping an alignment the past year, but I'm not sure if it is related or not.
I'm very sure the vehicle needs new shocks on the front and rear, which I am buying shortly, but is there anything else that I should be looking at here?
Any help would be appreciated.