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  1. Tire Storage...

    Where I live in Minnesota we have a storage problem.... I am looking into all possibilities and have two sets of tires for most of my vehicles... summer and winter tires.... right now I have two sets of tires in an Arrow metal shed but need the room in that shed. My idea was to buy two...
  2. U joints

    Good morning.... I still have some noise coming from the back end and am pretty sure that it is the U joints.... and with 106,000 miles on it, the time has come... I have NOT replaced U joints in anything for over 30 years... probably closer to 40 years ago.... so I need a refresher and...
  3. New Ignition Key

    Thought I would take a chance and ordered a key blank for my 2004 Ranger.... supposedly, you take this key to a good old fashioned hardware store to have it manually cut/duplicated..... and we have a fantastic old fashioned store near us.... So this afternoon I took one of the two original keys...
  4. Try try again?

    My $500 project Ranger has been fun to work on... I have learned a lot and fixed a lot of problems all with the budget goal of not throwing in my billfold by doing all the labor by myself... I have the time. One of the issues I found when I was doing an oil change, was looking at the tie rod...
  5. Rear brake shoe size

    Ok... I am overthinking this again.... but ordered new shoes through Amazon.... and they will be delivered on Tuesday.... but let the paranoia set in.... As I read the forum this morning some of the posts said that most Rangers that are 4x2 (line my 2004) are 9" drums/shoes..... Well..... I...
  6. Stuck in park

    The transmission fiasco has escalated.... I have been putting it off but yesterday "it" hit the fan at he wrong time. I have a sloppy shifter linkage and have read all about this problem and watched several how to videos as well.... I did remove the plastic panel below the steering column as...
  7. Emergency Brake

    I have a plan but thought I would run it by everyone first to see if I am missing anything or if there is an alternative... I bought a salvage titled Ranger with a host of problems to work on last winter; my project and the idea was to use this to pull my small boat trailer instead of using my...
  8. Shifter lever

    From the top..... When I bought the 2004 Ranger, the gal I bought it from said there was one quirk..... If you turn the key, and the starter does not engage (nothing happens) simply shove the gear shift lever a little harder into "P" for park..... It is apparently then that the neutral safety...
  9. I was hoping

    Finished the Ranger enough for a test drive... a few issues.... nothing serious... so I got out my trailer light tester deal.... and plugged it in the four way flat harness and tried the lights.... and I got nothing.... so I took the tester to my Chevy.... and plugged it in and it worked fine so...
  10. Paint prep

    Good morning...... I am nearing the end of the paint prep (wish the MN weather would cooperate!!!!) and have removed as many peripheral items as I can... headlights and tail lights, cyclops light and there isn't much else.... all in an effort to avoid taping...... The one item I would like to...
  11. Spare Tire Mechanism lowering tool

    Good morning... Will try to be brief... I needed to remove the back bumper to paint the Ranger (sometime in mid March) and as usual, found some more damage but nothing too severe.... At the same time, I wanted to check the spare tire and it was decent but I also want to make sure the lowering...
  12. Rims

    Hey.... Need some help with rims for my 2004 Ranger.... I refinished the four I have and they turned out excellent, but now I want to buy two more rims for it and install snow tires on the rims for... well.. winter (DUH). The local U PULL IT PARTS yard has several Rangers... the newest of the...
  13. Fender flares do's and don'ts?

    Will try to make this quick.... I tried to do some fill welding on the few rusts spots on the wheel arches... The damage was to extensive so I got out my grinder and removed the damaged area trying to leave a good lip on the bottom and yes, there was still some good metal there... I am going to...
  14. Passenger side plastic door panel

    Hey.... didn't want to spend a great deal of time out in the garage yesterday (too cold outside) so I decided to pull off the passenger side interior door panel that the previous owner tried to remove, and failed, but managed to put a break in it about a foot long..... I started by watching a...
  15. Which one?

    On my 2004 Ranger, one of the lesser projects was to order/replace the amber side parking light on the driver's side.... It had a hole about the size of a quarter in it, and I found a decent priced replacement amber lens. Yesterday, I had a break in some of the other work so I pulled the...
  16. Positraction Limited Slip

    Just a quick question.... I don't know if my project 2004 Ranger has positraction (limited slip; whatever) and I am just curious. I read another entry where the guy said he looked on the door jamb I believe for the axle on a listing of some kind... Is there a way to find out if your Ranger has...
  17. Shift lever / neutral safety switch?

    Had some time this morning so I thought I would run this one by everyone to see if someone else has had this issue... When I bought the 2004 Ranger the gal that used it as a daily driver showed me the two "goofy" things wrong with it. One was the fan for the heater that is a common problem...
  18. Seat Covers

    Yes, I did explore/search for an answer and came up with Ranger seat cover entries that all referred to LMC trucks.... I noticed that the discussion entries were from 2001 but decided to do the LMC thing and went there.... jumped through the hoops, entering in the info requested... 2004...
  19. Tie Rod Ends update

    I decided to take the time yesterday afternoon to heat the garage and install the MAS (Dorman) tie rod ends. I had removed one end a week or so ago and put it back after cleaning all the threads etc. and using antisieze so I knew that I would be successful on one side at least.... and that was...
  20. Reputable shop?

    My $500 2004 Ranger project is a classic case of "two steps forward; three steps back" thinking.... For every little task I complete I find two or three more problems.... But I am now in the third week so I am nearing the end of the "to do" list on it...... While changing the oil for the first...

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