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Old 12-22-2013
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Vibration / Grinding noise

Hey guys i have a 2003 ford ranger fx4 level 2 Manual Transmission and Manual Transfer case. Recently bought it off of my uncle and it seems to have a problem, i am some what mechanically inclined ( brakes to engine swaps ) but i cant seem to find the dam problem im having with this truck. When i put it in gear to take off there is a virbation / grinding sound which is there all the way to around 60km / hr then it goes away or atleast quiets down for me not to notice it. I narrowed it down to i believe the transfer case because when i put transfer case in Neutral and put truck in gear i hear a really bad grinding sound and vibration coming from the transfer case ( i got down on my back under truck with truck ebrake pulled of course ). Sounds like a bearing of some sort but i could be wrong. At first i thought it was my front Differential but not to sure. Sound and vibration is more heavy in 4x4 then in 2 wheel drive but is still there in 2wheel thats for sure!.

Any suggestions would be awesome, i really dont wanna drop and split the transfer case for no reason if possible as its winter and no one likes working out in the freezing cold!

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Old 12-23-2013
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Id say trader case somewhere but hard to say without opening it. Is the fluid level ok?
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