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Old 10-26-2007
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How do you know when your front driveshaft is taking a dive. I have noticed a vib in my truck. It is not a wheel out of balance... and it is mostly from 50 to 70 mph and intesifies when I let off the throttle. Is it going... normal...what is it.

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why no help on this guys

come onnnn
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Do a thorough inspection of the CV joints / boots on both front axles and both driveshafts. Try to rotate them AND the driveshafts back and forth for excessive play / clunking. You may need to have it in 4WD/neutral/in gear to get a good check, try it each way. Do this with the truck on the ground, wheels chocked.


CAUTION: The following is DANGEROUS: work safely.

Jackstand the whole truck (tires about two inches off the ground) and have someone "drive" it while you (safely, from the side) observe the front axles and both driveshafts when they let off the gas at those speeds. Of course, it'll need to be in 4WD to get the front spinning, and the fronts need to be jack-standed from the bottom a-arm to maintain the same drive angles. Jackstand the rear axle so the weight is on it. If the vibe is that bad, you should be able to see it when he lets off the gas. Personally, I wouldn't even bother with the front until you've ruled out the rear driveshaft U-joints.

An old-school trick is to secure a pan of water on each of the 4 corners directly above the tires. The larger the pan, the better, but they all have to be the same amount of water and surface area. "Drive" it on the jackstands. Observe which pan of water ripples the most. If all are the same, it's not a tire or wheel. If one vibes more in the front, move that tire to the back, repeat. If that front side still vibes, suspect that front CV axle. You may find that only one side of the front spins at high speed (because it's an open differential). If so, simply block the wheel you don't want to spin for the test.

I'll be very surprised if your front drive shaft is the culprit. Rear, may be a bad U-joint, but unless you are 4 wheeling the heck out of it, I can't see a front driveshaft (CV joint) going bad that soon. It's not like it's doing any work. It's just spinning, driven by the front wheels, in 2WD 99% of the time.

I think you have a bad rear driveshaft U-joint.


There are also these TSB's issued by the NHTSA:

Make: FORD
Model: RANGER
Year: 2005

Service Bulletin Number: 052624
NHTSA Item Number: 10018938
Summary Description:
VIBRATION DIAGNOSIS - TIRE/WHEEL RUNOUT. *TT
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Make: FORD
Model: RANGER
Year: 2005

Service Bulletin Number: 04237
NHTSA Item Number: 10013414
Summary Description:
DRIVESHAFT THUMP CLUNK ON LIGHT ACCELERATION FROM STOP OR WHEN BRAKING AND COMING TO A STOP. *EH
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Couldn't you remove the front driveshaft for a day to rule it out?
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if is the front drive shaft yes, but the cv shafts are still spinning
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i ran into the EXACT same problem you did. symptoms and all. i asked a ford dealership mechanic (who ive known for a few years) - he said it was the U Joints... so im currently in the process of replacing mine... i just have to put it all back together and im done...

check out the thread. might help. theres a how to in there too.
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Hey guys thanks for the replies, I have about 45k on the truck. I am no expert, but the vib is coming from the front I'm pretty sure. I have had u-j's go out in the rear drive shaft and this is just different. I may just pull it as suggested. It feels pretty tight though. That tsb on the clunking, is there a fix that is covered by Ford. Mine doesn't do it until the weather gets cold like now!!
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ok guys

ok, so I got under it. front is tight. rear seems to have play in the slip joint though, not the actual joint. taking it to a mech, gosh i feel silly asking someone else what's wrong with my truck. You guys are probably right--- rear drive u-joints i guess...
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