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Old 05-17-2017
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Icon5 Could it be my motor mounts instead of my suspension

Hi. I've never done this before. I'm just very frustrated. I've recently over the past 2 years put over 2000$ into my 99 ford ranger. Almost all need front end. Ball joints, shocks, tires, rods, control arms, belts, pins(?), radiator, and a few more things I can't think of right now. My truck has been squeaking again, especially during bumps, then the ride got more rough, it's feel like the back end/bed is keeping me from going, almost like it I'm dragging it. Sorry can't explain that one really. I've also noticed a kind of rocking feeling in the front. So I'm wondering if is possible that it doesn't have to do with my front end suspension system and was wondering if that could be it. I've had a car in the past where motor mounts break and I remember that same rocking feeling.
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1999 Ranger
Engine?
Automatic or manual?
2WD or 4x4?

Open the hood
Start the engine
Set parking Brake
Shift into Drive
Foot on the brake
Press gas pedal a bit and WATCH the engine

It will torque and lift SLIGHTLY on one side

Repeat but put trans in reverse, should torque the other way and lift

If it lifts alot and clunks when you take foot off the gas then motor mount is broken

Same test with Manual trans, just let out clutch slowly and watch engine


Dragging back end
Go to flat road, roll down both windows, turn OFF the radio
drive 10mph then shift trans to neutral and coast
Listen for brakes dragging and feel if you are slowing down more than you should

Now get up to 20mph and shift to neutral
Use Parking brake to slow and stop
Listen for noises and if it grabs

Check tire inflation, low pressure equals dragging
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Thank you so much for replying. Leaving work now and I will check all those things. I don't think it's the tires. I do check the pressure in themy regularly. I honestly don't remember the engine size. But it is a 2 wheel drive, 5 speed, extended cab sport edition. I will try all your suggestions first. If no jumping occurs (I'll have my roommate watch for this while I'm messing with the shifting part) I guess I will thenot jack it up and check everything I thought was already fixed. I'll keep you posted. Thanks again!
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Okay.. it's not my motor mounts. So I jacked it up. Did the 9/3 jiggle and 12/6 one.. no noises. But I found something that has a rubber thing over it(sorry don't know all the technical terms) that is split open and i can look inside it. I took a couple pics but couldnt get my phone close enough to show where the opening is. it's a shaft that looks like it runs up towards my sterling wheel and then down. Idk what it's attached to bc I only know how to check on parts I've had to fix before. But I'll attach the photos. If I can figure that out now. Any help is so greatly appreciated!
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Yes, that is the steering shaft, good call

You can have some one turn the steering wheel while you watch for play in the shaft, just small back and forth movements needed

The smaller shaft, towards the front, is meant to slide into the larger shaft in the event of a front end collision, so steering wheel doesn't get pushed up into the driver, a collapsible shaft
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Sounds like it's the dust boot. I've never seen an older Ranger where that boot isn't torn. Mine has been torn for years and it has not had any impact on the truck's performance.
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