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What did you do to your Ranger today? (Part Deux!)


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Investigated the spindle bearing issue on the '90 and sure enough it's completely pooched, shaft seal had been leaking and that bearing hasn't behaved right for years apparently... not sure if the shaft is salvageable or not yet but I have a spare or two... need to order seals and bearing...

oh and on the wifes car apparently it has a nail in the tire, looked the other day and they all looked fine now one was flat, and she called and the ABS light is on so either there's a wheel bearing issue, sensor issue or the mouse got hungry... oh and the front alignment is bad or the tie rod ends are worn out, front tires are worn out on the outsides only...
Soft tire causing enough differential speed to throw the ABS code? See if it resets after you fix the tire.
 


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She had turned around on the way to the store since it was steering funny with an almost flat rear tire, the ABS light started flashing once I aired all 4 tires up... I'll rotate the tires when she gets home and I'll look into it...
 

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Installed a Double Din stereo system. Nice to be able to stream music via bluetooth finally!

Eventually I'll add the included back up camera and mount the microphone. It's been snowing here.

Will be testing out Apple Carplay on the way to work tomorrow.
 

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Installed a Double Din stereo system. Nice to be able to stream music via bluetooth finally!

Eventually I'll add the included back up camera and mount the microphone. It's been snowing here.

Will be testing out Apple Carplay on the way to work tomorrow.
All sounds good, but I’m puzzled. What are you going to say through the microphone to the people you see in the rearview screen, only when it’s snowing?
 

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All sounds good, but I’m puzzled. What are you going to say through the microphone to the people you see in the rearview screen, only when it’s snowing?
Well, maybe a comma was needed but, I think the microphone is for yelling at people in the way.
 

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Dug into the Ranger issues more, conveniently there's no step on the shaft where the spindle bearing rides, it's pitted but I'll run it... Annoyingly the two U joints related to the passenger side axle shaft are both shot, the outer has one cap spinning (conveniently I did the full circlip mod 14 years ago when the D35 went in) and the center joint is restricted one way not the other... So I just need some consumables...

On the wife's Camry the ABS light went out after the first stop so that's fixed :), the low tire has a nail in it in a fixable location so she'll go to a tire shop this week... I tried to tweak the alignment but couldn't get the jam nut loose on the passenger side so that's for another day...

Now for dinner then relax for a bit and do taxes later tonight... yay...
 

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Engine, transmission, and transfer case are in the truck and sitting on the mounts. Can I add the V8 swap banner now?

Probably safe to do, but I want to wait until it's running. If that's all it took then I've had one for almost a decade with an engine sitting on a bare 86 Ranger frame.

Front driveshaft boot was torn, so rebuilt it with new CV joint and reinstalled. Discovered that I must have damaged the passenger side axle shaft seal when swapping the CV axles out, so looks like I'll be pulling that side back apart to replace it. Discovered that the transfer case flange is a different size between the Ranger and Explorer t-case, so will have to swap that over this week. Was probably mentioned in the tech articles, but I missed or forgot it.

From here on it's a lot of little things to putting it all back together.
 

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I got a bunch of my new parts installed. One rotor and bearings, parking brake cables, and muffler. Figure I'll let those bearings settle in this week and tighten things up next week when I put the other side on. Still need to adjust the parking brake, assuming the front cable isn't tool long.

BTW, I ordered a set of the Chevy brake hoses that are supposed to be longer. What I got is the same length as my stock 96 hoses:annoyed:... IDK what happened there.
 

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changed the alternator yesterday and decided to investigate the new oil leak. this truck has 215k miles on it and never leaked oil while i have owned it till recently.

i decided its going to take a lot of pressure washing to find the leak since the whole engine from the valve covers down is oil soaked now. i figured it was the valve covers but there is oil on the front of hte engine too. when i park, it leave a little puddle of oil that is roughly 3" wide by 12" long under the bell housing. searching here says it could be any number of things though so that was no help.

so, pressure washer is in the future to start with a clean engine to look at


oh yeah, i used the cheapo alternator from rockauto, skp or syp brand, and no issues. bolted in perfect and doesn;t make any weird noises.
 

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Just came back in from adjusting the parking brake. Easy to set and will hold the truck tight enough that while pointed downhill the engine won't move it. In forward or reverse. I'm happy. First time I've had a proper parking brake in like 12 years.
 

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$95 later I have everything ordered so far... Amazon had the heavy duty Spicer joints for like $26 so I got 3, got the shaft seal set that has the spindle bearing conveniently (ordered one in '20 I think for the other side? don't remember anymore...), so next weekend I'll tackle that... the passenger side slip splines were stuck so everything needs a good clean and lube...
 

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