Last week my husband began complaining about the truck making funny noises. It appeared to be random and the noises kept changing. Saturday we drove to Maine and back and never really noticed anything. Sunday afternoon when he returned from visiting a friend the noises had started again and gotten worse.
"It's the rear axle. Or the wheels. I just don't know, but something isn't right."
We bought this truck used this spring. It's a '99 Ford Ranger and for it's age it has very low mileage and is actually in pretty good shape. It had sat for about 2 years before we bought it, though. So we got four new tires and had the front brakes fixed.
Monday morning John took the truck to the repair shop that we've been visiting all too much this spring (the truck, my car). I don't know what mechanics spend their money on (doctors have boats, you know, those old stereotypes), but what ever it is, we have been very helpful to our mechanic the last two and a half months!
Apparently when they put the truck up on the lift and removed the rear tires, the brakes fell to the floor in pieces (springs, nuts, bolts, little metal pieces). On both wheels.
I'm just glad the front and the back didn't go at the same time.