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1992 FORD RANGER XLT, XTRA CAB, 2WD, FIVE-SPEED TRANNY CHATTER.

I've had this truck now for only a couple of weeks. Traded in a Camaro for it, because I needed a good work truck. It's in teriffic mechanical condition, the engine is strong, rear end is in great shape, body is rust free, interior is nice, but while I drive I hear a chatter in the transmission. It starts out as a slow tick, but as I increase speed so does the ticking. Clutching it doesn't make it stop, and at 55mph it drives me nuts because it's so loud. Shifts smooth, but on take-off you can hear a little chatter from the clutch. Could this be flywheel/input shaft? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    quite when at idle and when driving is when it chatters

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    idles quiet and chatters loud when ur driving

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I actually had this same problem. The solution was to take the lift kit off and return the vehicle to it's factory height. The drive shaft was not in it's optimum position, and would make a thunk (especially on cold days) when you would start from a stop. It ended up bending the drive shaft and destroying my transmission. After I rebuilt the transmission replaced the drive shaft, and u joints it still did it until I removed the lift kit that was installed by the previous owner.

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You check the universal joints? I have had em make weird noises. The best way is to remove the driveshaft and inspect by hand they should rock back and forth without binding up at all. The bolts that hold that driveshaft in are usually locked in with locktite thread fastner. You will need a 12 mm box wrench and alot of muscle to get em loose or if you got some heat you can heat the bolts up some just dont get the heat on the pinion seal. You also might check the fluid in the transmission most of them take plain old dextron atf I would use a synthetic if your gone to drain and refill. Most clutch noise I have heard is either weak springs on the disk, or a faulty throwout bearing.

Posted on Dec 29, 2008

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