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A couple of bad drivetrain sounds...

So....I've got these sounds that don't seem like a good thing.

The first one is when the wheel is turned at full lock, reguardless of which side, and I go over a bump I get a nasty clicking sound from the wheel area. Possible CV's?

The second one is on take-off, especially when taking off up a hill. At first I thought it was the pads frozen to the calipers since I only drive it once a week or so. I've been taking it out more often and it happens just the same. As soon as the clutch engages I hear this rusty/squealy noise like it's coming form the rear end of the driveshaft.

Any ideas? I'd like to have the truck in tip-top in shape before I make the trip out to the Badlands meet mid-July.
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new motor?
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new motor?
I'm good on motors for awhile I think
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i would check the cvs first and inspect the brakes and rotors while your at it.

and u joints i replaced mine with ones i bought at napa and they stopped the popoping from the rear d-shaft.
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Do they make a greaseable U-Joint for a ranger?

Is there a better brand of CV's to buy? If I'm gonna replace them then I'm gonna do it right.
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yea the u joints i got from napa are 'offroad' or 'heavy duty' something and they have a grease fitting but trying to find the right zerk fittings is a PIMA. but they are greasable.
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see if you boot on your CV is ripped and you have grease everywhere
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I did and the boots still have the stickers on them and look fine. There's no grease anywhere and the boots look fine.

Though another rubber boot is broken on the one side. This pic is from the old truck but the same thing only the passenger side.

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did you install the front locker yet?
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did you install the front locker yet?
Nope, waiting on 4.56's =]
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Dude I get that noise on take off as well. I can't figure it out for the life of me and its kind of intermittent.

I had it before I had my gears done and I was hoping it would go away with the gear install, but nope its still there. lol
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probley a rear u joint.

two words to remember if buying u joints

"brute force"
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that squeaking could be the slave cylinder. my 2000 used to do that on cold starts
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i wouldnt advise greasable u joints. that hole weakens the body of the u joint.
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that squeaking could be the slave cylinder. my 2000 used to do that on cold starts
Ford installed a new one when I got the Spec stage2 clutch installed.

Is the Brute Force greaseable?

I understand that any loss of metal = loss of strength. There's pros and cons to both(greaseable and non).
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im retarded answered my own question
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The second one is on take-off, especially when taking off up a hill....As soon as the clutch engages I hear this rusty/squealy noise like it's coming form the rear end of the driveshaft.
Many clutches go into resonance when launching aggressively, especially uphill or with a trailer. Rangers have this problem and Ford has issued TSBs about.
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It's got a spec stage II clutch now, that wouldn't make a difference? The sound is like a rust on rust/metal scraping sound coming from the rear of the truck. That's why I suspected the rear driveshaft or rear diff case.

edit: Any ideas about the popping/clicking sound from the front?
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Check your front driveshaft, my front driveshaft destroyed itself after about 2k miles with the RCD. Then when ever I started it would make noise.
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probley a rear u joint.

two words to remember if buying u joints

"brute force"
Make that three words "brute force sucks"

Those are just the cheap junk AutoZone sells, I had a set go bad on me in a matter of months.
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Check your front driveshaft, my front driveshaft destroyed itself after about 2k miles with the RCD. Then when ever I started it would make noise.
I have a SL front driveshaft
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spicer are the only OEM joints you should ever run
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