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Old 10-23-2010
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'97 Ranger "grabbing" off the line


I just bought a '97 Ranger XLT standard, 2WD, 4.0L.

I've noticed a couple times now where the whole truck vibrates at highway speed, so bad I think the truck's gonna fall apart. Then a few minutes later it's smooth again. This happened to me tonight again, then when I tried to leave the gas station, something was seriously "grabbing" when I tried to get going. It felt like the brakes were locked up as I tried to get off the line. It took half a dozen tries, and even then the truck felt jerky for the few blocks to home.

I haven't looked at anything yet, but I thought I'd fish for ideas or similar experiences. Brakes, parking brake, maybe transmission? Not sure what to think, any help would be great.

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Old 10-24-2010
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try doing this...block front wheels, jack up the @$$ end, leave it in neutral and e brake off, and try to spin the wheels and if one is hard to spin and the other one spins real easy...you found your problem
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Old 10-28-2010
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Your problem is deff in the rear end, I am sorta in the same situation, and as djfllmn said about spinning the tires will def show a problem, that was the first thing I did after I noticed a problem, If anything yours is doing what mine did except it's 2x as bad- spider gears
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