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I have a 4x4 Ford Ranger. Suddenly, at gh motorway speed I

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I have a 4x4 Ford Ranger. Suddenly, at high motorway speed I experienced a violent high frequency vibration from somewhere within the drive train. Nothing is outwardly obvious and below 30 mph everything works including the four wheel drive. At 35 mph you can feel the vibration. I have not repeated any higher speed.
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Submitted: 5 months ago.
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Expert:  Matt replied 4 months ago.


I'd start by checking for a tyre defect - any cracks or bulges on the side-wall of the tyre (inside and outside) these will throw the tyre out of shape and produce vibration - take a good look over the tyre sidewalls and bear in mind that anything that looks suspect when static will probably be ballooning out and far worse at speed so if any doubt then replace the tyre. Also check if the tyres have been fitted the right way round as some types are directional

One other thing to check for which isn't covered by a balance check is out of round or bent wheels, if you use a dial gauge on the axle to measure the run out on the wheel rim this will ensure that the wheels are round and true

also check for worn suspension joints - jack the car up so the wheel is off the ground (you’ll need to do this for all 4 corners) and shake the tyre from top to bottom and from side to side (with someone holding the steering wheel on the front) there should be no play in either direction. Any play in 1 direction will usually require a joint to be replaced, if there’s play in both directions then the wheel bearing may be at fault.

Now with the car jacked up on that side with the wheel about 2 inches off the ground use a steel bar under the wheel and lever the wheel up and down slightly, you should be able to look at the end of the axle and see if the suspension arm is moving up and down separately to the axle.If so replace the bush

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