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2005 XLT 4x4 Transmission problem?

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I recently bought a 2005 XLT 4.0ltr 4x4 and I like the truck but I am not sure if I have a tranny or some other problem or not. When accelerating from a dead stop the truck shutters, almost like it slips or binds, that's the best way I can describe it. I do not have a check engine light on. I did grease the slip yoke and it is still doing it. Tranny fluid is good and doesn't smell burnt. I am not sure what to look at next. My dad says this could be normal for a limited slip diff but it does it when I barely give it gas as well as when I floor it. Also no problems when the truck is moving and sometimes it shutters when breaking suddenly. Any advice would help a lot.
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Definitely not normal.

As to what the issue could be, no idea. I'm of no help there.
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I read the TSB that said it could be the slip yoke, but in the TSB it said to take the shaft off. I just pulled the metal clamp pulled the bushing back and sprayed white lithium in it till it spit back out at me.
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You've done the common "clunk" fix of the slip yoke, though I can't remember the right lubricant to use. Did you check your rear shaft U-joints? If those are good and/or replaced, I'd start suspecting the rear axle...namely the pinion bearings.
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Its only jerky on initial acceleration from a complete stop. There isn't any vibration, like I have experienced with bad u-joints before. Never had a pinion go personally but my buddy said when his went it made a loud whine, there isn't any odd sounds. I'm wondering if I did the slip yoke lube wrong maybe?
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Another thing. What confuses me is it only does it during initial acceleration, no mater how much gas I give it but the more gas the more pronounced the studder. If the truck is moving at all it doesn't do it so I don't think its a fuel or air problem. It also does it a bit in reverse but not as much.
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Update: So I ran 4 bottles of fuel injector cleaner and a quarter bottle of seafoam through it. The minor jolting has reduced and seems to be disappearing. I am pretty sure that the truck sat for awhile at the dealership so I am thinking the fuel injectors may have some buildup, the fuel filter has been replaced and whoever did it damaged the plastic ends on the fuel lines so I don't want to fuss with it.
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Do a complete fluid flush
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I think this was the problem the whole time bad plug wire. Dealership missed it TWICE! Kept telling me it was the Tranny or Slip Yoke.
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