Could be,a frozen/sticky brake caliper,an internally collapsed brake hose,a pinched brake line,
The belts of the tire are probably coming apart. Need to replace tire ASAP. Assuming the mechanicals have been checked. Bearing, axle, brakes, etc.
The passenger side front tire may be rubbing on the inner fender.
The ratchet winding noise on the Ranger 4x4 could be a wheel bearing or brake issue. There could also be problems in the front differential. Check all three for any problems. The 1998 Ranger noise is most likely coming from a brake grinding against a rotor, or a bad wheel bearing. Either of these...