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Old 02-01-2011
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Clunking noise coming from the rear of the Ranger

Hey guys, I was wondering if you can help me diagnose a problem with my 04 4x4 Extended cab 2 door. I am getting a clunking noise coming from the rear of my truck when I slide around a corner (streets here are ice packed). When the rear stops sliding and straightens out I get the "clunk". Its like if I am turning to the left and the back end slides to the right (along with the weight shifting over to the right) when the truck straightens out and puts equal weight back over both rear tires i get the clunk sound. It doesnt do this starting or stopping going straight so i dont think its a U-joint. It seems to be starting to make the same noise when you hit a big bump with the back end too. Its been so cold here I havent had time to get under it yet and look but I did give my sway bar end links a once over as well as the shocks and they seem to be fine. I really hope the noise isnt coming out of the pumkin! By the way, I had a trac lok put in a few months ago and I also installed some new KYB monomax shocks if it makes a difference. I put the rear sway bar on about 3 years ago. Thanks a lot for any help you can provide and sorry about the long post.
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Well, it has gotten a lot worse just since today. I think I better quit driving it until I can get it in to the shop. Weird thing is, the rear brakes are acting funny too. When you stop quickly a lot of noise comes from the rear brakes. I dont know how the noise and the brake issue are connected, but they must be since this started at the same time.
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cant help you but I would get that Diff checked out pronto
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There is a C-clip that holds that axle shaft in right? You don suppose that maybe the groove that it sits in has worn too large and its moving around do u ?
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That's a little bit more that you can estimate without looking at it. As far as clunking that is fairly normal for a locker/limited slip. When I come out of turn and my Torsen locks I can hear it. Excessive noise would obviously be a problem. Maybe all of it is coming from the rear brakes. When my springs on my 7.5 drums broke it sounded like metal grinding inside the pumpkin as the wheels turned but once I got new springs it was good to go.
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if you do not use your parking brake constantly , your rear shoes wear down , and that causes the slack adjuster to flail around in there , sometimes they just pop out from the bumps in the road

probably that is what the noise is
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Hey guys, sorry I forgot to post what i found out. I ended up installing new c clips and the noise went away. I do use my ebrake from time to time, but I did pull the drums off and the rear brakes looked good!
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if you do not use your parking brake constantly , your rear shoes wear down
I was on that planet once where it happened.
Don't drink the pink stuff.
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LOL. Hopefully what he meant to say was that if you dont use your parking brake it does not adjust your shoes out to the drums (to compensate for shoe wear during normal braking). If you dont use it your shoes will never wear out because they arent being used. Hopefully....
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