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Old 05-07-2004, 13:20   #1 (permalink)
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98' XLT 4X4 4.0 L 5 Speed Auto Issues ;(

My 98' Ranger has an issue that nobody can FIGURE OUT. Occasionally, when I put the truck in a Gear, whether it be reverse, drive, d1, d2 etc, the truck idles down to about 6k like normal, but when I give it gas, the truck acts like the emergency brake is on... One time I even put it in neutral, got out of the truck and proceeded to rock it as hard as I could, front to back- back to front, and it just would not roll.. Now when I punch it, it will make a loud bang and take off like I have a line lock system set up for racing... I have herd mainly three quesses.. The tranny, the brakes or the rear end.. Any help would be greatly appreciated..

Thanks for reading All and good luck..

Dan

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Old 05-07-2004, 23:35   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 98' XLT 4X4 4.0 L 5 Speed Auto Issues ;(

That is the strangest thing I've ever heard of. My best guess is that it might be a problem with your torque converter. Check with your dealer for any TSB's
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Re: 98' XLT 4X4 4.0 L 5 Speed Auto Issues ;(

Sounds familiar...

My '94 5-speed manual does that. I have found that mine is a result of setting the park brake when conditions are wet. I'm thinking it's a case of the linings "binding" to the drum as they cool and dry, and the springs not strong enough to pull them loose. I've been looking into whether we have a semi-metallic lining that is "rusting" the drum and shoe lining together as they sit.
The "bang!" is when I finally overcome the seizure and the springs pull the shoes in where they belong, the wheel breaks loose, and I hope there's nothing parked too close because it's gonna spin the wheel, launch the truck, or throw loose gravel a few feet! Once I've done that, the shoes are in normal operating mode until next time it rains.
I haven't heard any other explanations, but maybe someone else here has found one. Maybe a service tech who's seen it and dealt with it. The one's I find are not those.

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You're write Peck... Mine seems to happen when it is damp out, but I never use my parking/emergency brake.. I did get a few suggestions from my brother that I am going to try.. He wants me to lift the truck and try to rotate each wheel to see if one is stuck or binding.. And also to check the fluid and the gasket on the lid of the master cylinder.

Still looking for suggestions and quidance and I'll keep ya posted Peck on what I find out..

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