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I've got an '01 Ranger 4x4 with a SOCH 4.0 & auto trans...

The problem is... after you drive it a while, say 30 minutes or so, it starts shaking/shimmying real bad... Anybody have an idea as to what it could be??? Any help would be greatly appreciated...

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Tires out of balance, wheel bearings, tie rod ends?

Do you notice it in the steering wheel or the seat?
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This sounds to me like a loose, ball joint, tie rod end, or wheel bearing.

Jack up the front end. And see if you can feel looseness in each wheel.


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It doesn't shake until you drive it for about 30 minutes... Ball joint, bearings ect. would do it all the time "would it not"???
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Tires out of balance, wheel bearings, tie rod ends?

Do you notice it in the steering wheel or the seat?

It feels like you are on a wash board road... Like I said before, it takes about 30 minutes of driving before this starts to occur...
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This is happening to me too steering is loose and i have not put it in the air to check play yet. How can i check ball joints?
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Yours could be bearings but usually they howl all the time if they were getting hot and swelling that would be another story. Also if there's a bulge in your tire and its expanding when they get warm. Check Side walls.
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Well.. it might not be one of them. Jack it up and see if anything is loose first.

If not.. maybe a wheel bearing, brake, or U-joint is heating up.. then binding.

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Exactly, get the weight off the front end by jacking it up and try moving the wheel front and back and side to side and if you have play, you have a bad ball joint somewhere.
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I've seen people go crazy trying to fix problems like this. I always look to the simple things first. Have your wheels been off the truck lately? Check the lugs, sometimes they get loose. I know that sounds rediculous, but it wouldn't be the first time i've seen it.
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