I am just learning the intricacies of the explorer and therefore will not comment. I must correct the statement of Chrysler doing away with torsion bars in the 60's. My 1970 Road Runner had them.
Thank you! Poor wording on my part, I believe Chrysler STARTED using torsion bars in the 60s; how long they had them, don't know.
BTW, Explorer "intricacies" are actually nothing very out of the ordinary. Pretty standard Ford design technique; I really got pissed-off when Firestone insisted the Explorer rear suspension was responsible for the tires failing, and vehicle roll-over. Those Explorers had semi-elliptical leaf springs exactly like useage dating back for many decades. Pretty bullet-proof suspension for use with a solid rear axle!
Intricacies of the Explorer may be standard Ford design but they are very different than my 89 Dodge W150. I am a shade tree mechanic not a professional. This is the first Ford in my family. The only way I learn a vehicle is reading about it and hands on. Every vehicle is a little different in varying degrees and that is what I meant by intricacies. The little details that make things work.
not being a pro on this but after rebuilding a few t cases in 02 mm i beleive that the truck could roll when in park a hill because the viscous clutch land between the transmission out put shaft and the rest of the parts its the first piece you can see after the input shaft
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