Home Discussion Forum Tech Articles Other Articles Featured Rides Readers Rides Classifieds Shirts & Decals Parts Store

Ford Ranger Discussion Forum

Off-Road Truck Of The Month

'boneshaker'
March 2014 OTOTM

Mini Truck Of The Month

'one'
March 2014 MTOTM
 

Go Back   The Ranger Station Forums > Axles, Brakes, Wheels & Tires > Steering

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-04-2008, 06:31 PM   #1
Hardwareman
Member
 
Hardwareman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: SoCal
Posts: 994
Vehicle Year: 1995
Vehicle Make: Ford
Vehicle Model: Ranger
Rep Power: 15
Hardwareman is on a distinguished road
Default What could be causing my Ranger to feel like it's always riding on a washboard road?

My Ranger is having a really bad problem with the way it drives on the highway and it seems to be getting worse.

Everything's vibrating inside when driving down the highway and it does'nt do it at any particular speed. It's like the suspension is too stiff or something. The steering wheel shakes like a banshee too!

There are some portions of highway however where it feels pretty smooth and does'nt shake like a madman. The balljoints have close to about 500,000 miles on them and have never been changed.The radius arm/ i-beam bushings are the same too. Could this have something to do with it?

I'm going to climb under it later and check balljoints like the manual says and I'm also probably going to go to AutoZone and buy some radius arm bushings and install them tonight. Thanks




Allen
__________________
1995 Ranger Extra Cab
2.5 Swap
8.8" w/4.56's and Posi
31" Rubber (Remington Right Now)
Thrush Turbo Muffler
4" RC Lift w/6" SJ Coils
Overbuilt's better then underbuilt. After a 12 pack of beer and a dare from your best friend.
Hardwareman is offline   Reply With Quote
Forum Notices (Not shown to 'Premium Members')

 Reminder:

 We're looking for participants to help move our banner from Alaska to Florida: Click HERE.

 Click HERE to see the banner map.

 Want to become a Premium Member & show your support? Click HERE.

 Want your truck considered for Truck Of The Month? Share it HERE.

Don't forget to vote!

Old 09-04-2008, 06:37 PM   #2
pillen140
Member
 
pillen140's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: winston-salem, NC
Posts: 3,271
Vehicle Year: 1995
Vehicle Make: ford
Vehicle Model: ranger
I use this vehicle for: dd, weekend off roader. and annoying my girlfriend
Rep Power: 30
pillen140 has much to be proud ofpillen140 has much to be proud ofpillen140 has much to be proud ofpillen140 has much to be proud ofpillen140 has much to be proud ofpillen140 has much to be proud ofpillen140 has much to be proud ofpillen140 has much to be proud ofpillen140 has much to be proud of
Default

Tie Rods???
__________________
MAJORITY, THE NEW MINORITY
"Harry..... I TOOK CARE OF IT!!!"
1995 RANGER EXT CAB 4X4, 6" SUSPENSION, 3" BODY, 35X12.50R15
pillen140 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2008, 06:40 PM   #3
Vonrak
New Member
 
Vonrak's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 27
Vehicle Year: 1995
Vehicle Make: Ranger
Vehicle Model: Splash
Rep Power: 12
Vonrak is on a distinguished road
Default

Things i would check,

Tie rods
upper/lower ball joints
hub bearings
bent rim
bad tire/broken bands
sticking e-brake/broken e-brake spring if you run drums on rear.

Vonrak
Vonrak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2008, 06:40 PM   #4
koda6966
Member
 
koda6966's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: The green part of NY.
Posts: 7,913
Vehicle Year: 1993
Vehicle Make: Ford
Vehicle Model: Ranger
I use this vehicle for: Giving me pride.
Rep Power: 35
koda6966 is a splendid one to beholdkoda6966 is a splendid one to beholdkoda6966 is a splendid one to beholdkoda6966 is a splendid one to beholdkoda6966 is a splendid one to beholdkoda6966 is a splendid one to beholdkoda6966 is a splendid one to behold
Default

500,000 miles ?!?!?!?

My entire truck doesn't even have 150,000 on it.
__________________
1993 Ford Ranger XL 3.0/Auto. Edge Conversion. 03 Explorer seats. Never ending project. Get's cannibalized then rebuilt monthly.
1997 Jeep Cherokee Sport. 4x4/4.0/auto. Daily Driver & parts snagger.
1989 Chevy Cheyenne 1500. 305/auto. PLEASE BURN IT
2004 Nissan Titan LE 5.6/auto/4x4. Light Duty Tow Pig.


Ranger Build Thread.
Jeep XJ Build Thread.
koda6966 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2008, 06:43 PM   #5
pillen140
Member
 
pillen140's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: winston-salem, NC
Posts: 3,271
Vehicle Year: 1995
Vehicle Make: ford
Vehicle Model: ranger
I use this vehicle for: dd, weekend off roader. and annoying my girlfriend
Rep Power: 30
pillen140 has much to be proud ofpillen140 has much to be proud ofpillen140 has much to be proud ofpillen140 has much to be proud ofpillen140 has much to be proud ofpillen140 has much to be proud ofpillen140 has much to be proud ofpillen140 has much to be proud ofpillen140 has much to be proud of
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Vonrak View Post
Things i would check,

Tie rods
upper/lower ball joints
hub bearings
bent rim
bad tire/broken bands
sticking e-brake/broken e-brake spring if you run drums on rear.

Vonrak
LIKE HE SAID, the wheel bearings are also a usual on these.
__________________
MAJORITY, THE NEW MINORITY
"Harry..... I TOOK CARE OF IT!!!"
1995 RANGER EXT CAB 4X4, 6" SUSPENSION, 3" BODY, 35X12.50R15
pillen140 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2008, 07:50 PM   #6
4x4junkie
Mall-Rated
 
4x4junkie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: So. Calif (SFV)
Posts: 8,606
Vehicle Year: 1990,1994
Vehicle Make: Ford
Vehicle Model: Bronco II, Ranger
I use this vehicle for: Crawling over things
Rep Power: 10
4x4junkie is a name known to all4x4junkie is a name known to all4x4junkie is a name known to all4x4junkie is a name known to all4x4junkie is a name known to all4x4junkie is a name known to all
Default

Bad shocks should be added to that list as well.
__________________
'90 Bronco II XLT
5" lift (Skyjacker Jeep coils), D35 & 8.8" w/5.13s (locked), 1354 dual T-case, 35x12.50s

'94 Ranger XLT
6" Skyjacker, ARB D44 front, Detroit 8.8" rear, Atlas 4.3, 33s
4x4junkie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2008, 07:54 PM   #7
bmxryder
Member
 
bmxryder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: vegas
Posts: 242
Vehicle Year: 1994
Vehicle Make: ford
Vehicle Model: ranger
I use this vehicle for: DD and fun
Rep Power: 12
bmxryder is on a distinguished road
Send a message via AIM to bmxryder
Default

it sounds like something to do with a tire problem since it only dose it once it gets some speed. maybe your tire weight fell off or some of the above answers. and did you go offroading and then it suddenly happened or something like that?
bmxryder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2008, 08:49 PM   #8
Hardwareman
Member
 
Hardwareman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: SoCal
Posts: 994
Vehicle Year: 1995
Vehicle Make: Ford
Vehicle Model: Ranger
Rep Power: 15
Hardwareman is on a distinguished road
Default

Well it does it at all speeds but it's worse according to the highway/freeway condition. I look over at other Rangers cruising along and their steering wheels are smooth as silk and mine's rattling like a bat out of hell!

On certain areas of the highway/freeway it will roll smoothly but usually it will rattle like hell. It's getting old man. I just bought some radius arm bushings from AutoZone and I'm going to put them in real quick and recheck my alignment.

I'll probably just replace the balljoints this weekend (maybe shocks too if I have enough $$) and have the tire balance checked as well.

Thanks guys.




Allen
__________________
1995 Ranger Extra Cab
2.5 Swap
8.8" w/4.56's and Posi
31" Rubber (Remington Right Now)
Thrush Turbo Muffler
4" RC Lift w/6" SJ Coils
Overbuilt's better then underbuilt. After a 12 pack of beer and a dare from your best friend.
Hardwareman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2008, 12:04 AM   #9
Hardwareman
Member
 
Hardwareman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: SoCal
Posts: 994
Vehicle Year: 1995
Vehicle Make: Ford
Vehicle Model: Ranger
Rep Power: 15
Hardwareman is on a distinguished road
Default

Well I bought the radius arm bushings but the old ones stilll seem ok to me, nice and rubbery with no play.

I messed with the alignment a little bit but there's still something not right I think. I'll be driving it in the morning to work so I'll post back up to let you know. I still have'nt had a chance to check if there's play in the balljoints or not. Thanks for all the help so far. Later.




Allen
__________________
1995 Ranger Extra Cab
2.5 Swap
8.8" w/4.56's and Posi
31" Rubber (Remington Right Now)
Thrush Turbo Muffler
4" RC Lift w/6" SJ Coils
Overbuilt's better then underbuilt. After a 12 pack of beer and a dare from your best friend.
Hardwareman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2008, 02:39 AM   #10
UrbanRedneckKid
Premium Member

 
UrbanRedneckKid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Cass Co, Missouri
Posts: 2,459
Vehicle Year: 1994
Vehicle Make: Ford
Vehicle Model: Ranger
I use this vehicle for: Taking all my time and money
Rep Power: 20
UrbanRedneckKid is a jewel in the roughUrbanRedneckKid is a jewel in the roughUrbanRedneckKid is a jewel in the rough
Default

My truck has a bad shake on the highway, in the steering wheel, in the seat, all over, just as you describe. It didn't start doing it until i smashed my rear driveshaft on a rock last weekend.

Although unlikely for a street truck, just don't forget about driveshaft balance. Yours to me sounds like a bad tire. Jack it up and see if it's round when it spins. GY Wrangler RS-A's are know for this.
__________________
94 Ranger, just slightly modified.... Trailer queen
99 Explorer, EB package, 5.0
88 Ranger, 4/6 drop, 93 powertrain/ dash swap
http://www.therangerstation.com/foru...ad.php?t=33396
UrbanRedneckKid is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump




All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:21 AM.




1999-2014 / 959 Media LLC / All Rights Reserved