Car feels like the parking brake is on when it isn't
I have a '97 Ford Ranger with manual transmission. Little less than a month ago I had the main drive shaft bearing replaced. Just yesterday I noticed that if my truck has been sitting for more than 20 minutes, when I put it into 1st it almost feels like the parking break is on and I have to overcome it to get moving. Nothing bad happens in reverse, and after I get going that first time I don't notice a problem at all. When I do get going, there's no grinding, no squeeling, no noise whatsoever to indicate something isn't moving freely - just that sense of the brakes being on.... Is this something with the new bearing that'll work itself out, or do I have a problem here?
I would check the easy stuff just to make sure. Trans fluid level, brake hardware, diff fluid level. After that, Id let the shop that did the bearing worry about it.
Maybe the parking brake is on and loosens up as you drive and it warms up. Did you inspect the rear brakes?
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