Mechanics

FRONT DRIVE LINE SLOP

2001 Ford Ranger • 74,000 miles

I have a 2001 ranger 4wd v6 and I got like half an inch slop side to side when twisting it and does the front driveline always spin even when in 2wd
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Derek97116
May 23, 2012.




On the ground, it wont spin till the 4 wheel is engaged.

Side to side? Are you talking about play in the thrie or the whole power train?

Roy
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ASEMaster6371
May 23, 2012.
With truck on the ground turned off I can turn the front drive line about half an inch with my hands is this normal and does the fron drive line spin all the time even when in 2wd

Tiny
Derek97116
May 23, 2012.
Yes, it will spin all the time.

Do the axles have the play or is the the whole diff.
Roy

ASEMaster6371
May 23, 2012.
What do you mean by axels it must have a little play in the front diff and transfer case Is that normal to have that half inch play

Tiny
Derek97116
May 23, 2012.
1/2 inch is not bad at all. Is there any noise when driving?

Roy

ASEMaster6371
May 23, 2012.
Well when I go to brake at a stop sign I hear a click click click noise kinda like a a playing card going against spokes on a bicicycle it only does it when braking to a stop and it sound like it is coming fron the front area so I thought it was maybe a u joint cause front brakes all new replaced them 6 months ago and this is the first time I have heard this noise

Tiny
Derek97116
May 23, 2012.
I would pull the wheels as it is brake related. The backing plte, hardware or something else may be giving you the noise.

Roy

ASEMaster6371
May 23, 2012.
Would a cv join make that noise how you tell if that is going bad or a wheel bearing is going bad

Tiny
Derek97116
May 23, 2012.
If either one was bad, it would do it all the time not just braking.

Roy

ASEMaster6371
May 23, 2012.

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