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Play in the drive shaft when accelerating or deceleration

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    Dick May 11, 2010

    That could be any number of things. Worn shaft splines, output shaft fasteners giving out, final drive wear. How many miles on the bike and how much play in what direction(s)?



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Check your u-joints, and your final drive gears. Could be play in either of the two.

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My 1995 Ranger began a loud vibration coming from the drive train.

Yes indeed.

You want to get the vehicle drive shaft (torque tube) checked for any loose end play... paying particular attention to the "U-joint" area.

As bad as you are describing it it sounds like you are really close to dropping your drive shaft...

DO NOT work on this yourself if you are not TOTALLY familiar with good jacks... jack stands... wheel chocks and have a level work area available... also keep in mind that while your TRUCK may be in PARK... that is only as stable as your drive-shaft.

Don't get between your truck and a hard place until you get that DRIVE-SHAFT fixed...

Another hot tip... if you are going to the trouble of removing the drive shaft... replacing both "U-joints" would save money and time in the long run.

Be safe... work safe!

UN-Edited response via comment line:
Oh yes indeed.

It appears that the Ranger can come in many different configurations... but the rules of home trouble shooting are to go after the cheap and obvious probabilities FIRST, (loose lug nuts) then on to the rear-end... CV-joints (if you have them)... wheel bearings... finally back up into the transmission.

Seriously... look that drive-shaft over:

Have an assistant hold one wheel while you move your rear wheel... while you are watching the drive-line... the offending u-joint should reveal itself by showing some free-play.

These should be very tight...

Perhaps then when you look more closely you will see the HORRIBLE (chocolate) brown color of oxidized iron... ALWAYS an imminent sign of DANGER anywhere on your vehicle.

The u-joints can be pretty bad... and the vehicle still run... but once that drive-shaft drops your parts costs will escalate vigorously (assuming everybody survives (my drive-shaft didn't... but mine did NOT warn me (silent failure)).

Please do have a look at the URL I posted with my first reply.

Be safe!

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What are some of the signs that transmition cluch plate is going out?

first question =---manual or automatic
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look for failed engine/transmission mounts and suspension rubbers worn out

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My 1986 nissian d21 pickup starts up fine but shuts down immediatly after letting of the gas

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Vacuum leaks could also occur between the carburetor and the intake manifold, but on a '86 model, just for fun check the play on the butterfly valve shaft.
Your car is 28 years old, and the butterfly shaft tends to wear out from years of acceleration and deceleration (throttle valve movement). If you do find excessive play on the butterfly shaft, you probably need to have the carb overhauled, or possibly less expensive, have it replaced.

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Vibration when accelerating or decelerating on mondeo mk3 after pull out drive shaft then fixed back

what year, and 10 engines, even diesel, just a hint.?
new axles or just fiddled them?
new ,used,rebuilt or just played with them or new boots.
just a hint?

you didnt read the manual. the manual states, (all )
mark all yokes, and put them back together as marked.
for 2 reasons,
1: its balanced that way in the factory
2: and CV drives on some are timed.

read the manual, alldata dot com.
its all there..

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check the drive shaft between the intermediate transmission and the front transmission for miss alignement and defectivness of the telescopics system of this shaft. we had about the same problem on our 1996 same model...

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