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Old 03-19-2013
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Bad vibrations of unknown origins

when i drive on the highway or put my ranger under a load like driving hard i have been feeling a bad vibration in the pedals and steering that eventually shake the whole truck pretty badly. sometimes when i have to get on the gas to get out into traffic i can feel the vibration to an extent but it mainly happens when i get up to 55 mph and up. it vibration gets really bad when i shift into 5th on the interstate.
at first i thought it might be the wheels and tires i was using like i lost a weight or had a broken belt but when i swapped them out for the other set i have the problem remains. i even had my other set rebalanced to make sure theyr ok and it still shakes.
does anyone have an idea of what the problem could be so i know about how much this is gonna cost me to fix?
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Engine mounts? Unbalanced shaft? Bad wheel bearings?
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Could be a bad drive shaft u-joint.
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yeah i took it up to the local ford dealer and had one of their techs ride with me and he said it was likely my u-joints that were going dry and since i have a newer ranger it likely has the ones that cant be regreased so im gonna have a friend of mine that is a guru when it comes to fords check it out and replace the offending u-joint(s) since it wont cost me the $310 the dealer wants to charge. with my friend ill spend less than $200
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Any updates on what fixed you vibration?
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yeah it was the u-joints and had a friend replace them for me since i dont have the tools to do so myself. after putting the new ones on ALL of my previous shakes or slight vibrations went away
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well that wasn't my fix, just replaced driveshaft u joints with moog and took it for a ride and still get a sound from what sounds like the front right tire. I also had already changed both hubs so I guess I will continue to chase down the problem. I'm thinking maybe my tires since they are pretty worn down . Rotated them front to back with little difference. I wanted to hold off until fall to replace them with new ones.
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well i am back again

i was having the same problem with the front right wheel on my escape ( bad vehicle )
i kept suspecting it was the replacement CV shaft , but out of curiosity i went and retorqued the lug nuts they were loose , vibration stopped , back again 3 days later WTF!
so i took 1 lug nut off and clamped it in vise , grabbed a tap to check the threads , turns out that the lug nut threads were close to being completely stripped replacement time

trading the escape in for a mint condition 2010 mazda b4000 SE fire engine red

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