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Old 07-26-2016
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Fixed my driver side Windshield Washer Nozzle with a wire out of a twist tie. And sucked the gunk out of the hose with my mouth. Working great now.
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Just checked the oil and other fluids. I also checked the tire pressure.
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Don't know why I didn't do this when I first bought the truck, but I changed the transmission fluid in it. It was awful, black as coal and probably had 10lbs of debris on the magnetic pick-up drain plug. Put 3 quarts of fresh Dex/Merc and then took it for a drive. Wow what a difference! Smoother shifts and goes into gear better too. Front and rear axles and probably transfer case will be done soon after my findings today.
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Hauled a washer and dryer to a friend's moms house.

Oh the joys of being the only teenager with a truck.





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Don't know why I didn't do this when I first bought the truck, but I changed the transmission fluid in it. It was awful, black as coal and probably had 10lbs of debris on the magnetic pick-up drain plug. Put 3 quarts of fresh Dex/Merc and then took it for a drive. Wow what a difference! Smoother shifts and goes into gear better too. Front and rear axles and probably transfer case will be done soon after my findings today.
Get that fluid changed now. Its not supposed to have Dex/Merc combo. It needs Mercon V only. Its a specific bottle. Using Dex/Merc can damage your transmission.

It will tell you what fluid it takes on the transmission dip stick.
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Hauled a washer and dryer to a friend's moms house.

Oh the joys of being the only teenager with a truck.
lol just wait till college or when your friends are moving.

Today I learned that I've been putting the wrong size rotors on my truck. Super awesome.
Last week I picked up some American Racing Black Baja wheels and General Grabber AT2s, look and feel awesome. All of the grinding (that I thought was due to the brakes) is gone which means that my previous 18" wheels and 265/60R18 Falken Wildpeak ATs were rubbing. I learned that my sway bar bushing is busted, so I might be replacing those as well.

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Get that fluid changed now. Its not supposed to have Dex/Merc combo. It needs Mercon V only. Its a specific bottle. Using Dex/Merc can damage your transmission.

It will tell you what fluid it takes on the transmission dip stick.
If the fluid is that bad, the tranny is toasted already. Even with mercon V inside, it's only a matter of time before those worn clutches and parts begin to slip and otherwise malfunction. Although I'd agree that the improper fluid certainly isn't helping.

Truth be told, if it is black, it ought to be left alone. Black tranny fluid = bad transmission. Simple as that.
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If the fluid is that bad, the tranny is toasted already. Even with mercon V inside, it's only a matter of time before those worn clutches and parts begin to slip and otherwise malfunction. Although I'd agree that the improper fluid certainly isn't helping.

Truth be told, if it is black, it ought to be left alone. Black tranny fluid = bad transmission. Simple as that.
True. I need to do a fluid and filter change on mine now that I think about it :)
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What to do ?

LOL I stared at my 1998 B3000 reg cab 4x4 and my 98 extracab Ranger XLT 2WD wondering whats my best way to get a 4x4 extra cab out of the two. The 2wd extra cab Ranger is my Daily driver, the 4x4 Mazda is my complete but spare parts vehicle, both are 3.0 engines the 2wd is auto trans and the 4x4 is 5speed stick. So what to do ? Anyone have a suggestion ?
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Turn the supercab into a 4x4. Transmission, transfercase, and if it's an electric t-case any wiring accossiated with it will need to be added. Or use a manual shift t case.
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Id like to, is that easy with the two different front end set ups ? The two wheel drive has the coil spring front end so not sure it could take the swap over from the B3000 gas shock suspension 4x4 parts directly, lemme know if this is something worth doing i have the tools. I do see they both had the torsion bar set up. The drive train I'll figure out no problem I'm just curious how to swap on that front axle and maneuver it around the coil springs. Thanks

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Get that fluid changed now. Its not supposed to have Dex/Merc combo. It needs Mercon V only. Its a specific bottle. Using Dex/Merc can damage your transmission.

It will tell you what fluid it takes on the transmission dip stick.
I appreciate the concern, but my 1992 has a M5OD-R1 5spd. It just calls for straight Mercon ATF which is what Dex/Merc fluid is to my knowledge. I could have used Mercon 5, but the Dex/Merc was cheaper.
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Id like to, is that easy with the two different front end set ups ? The two wheel drive has the coil spring front end so not sure it could take the swap over from the B3000 gas shock suspension 4x4 parts directly, lemme know if this is something worth doing i have the tools. I do see they both had the torsion bar set up. The drive train I'll figure out no problem I'm just curious how to swap on that front axle and maneuver it around the coil springs. Thanks
If the ranger to convert is coil sprung, then that makes it much harder. You need to swap the (maybe) knuckles, hubs, front axel, possibly front shocks, plus all the stuff I mentioned earlier.

In short, is it worth doing? No, buy something else. Can it be done? Yes. However, if the 2wd was a torsion bar suspension (The Edge comes to mind) then this is much simpler. Bonus if it's prewired for 4x4 already.
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98 2wd to 4x4 ?

Yeah my 98 2wd looks a lot like all the same suspension wise as the 98 B30004x4 with the exception of the front coils being in place of where the gas shocks and gas shock towers are on the 4x4 but the coils are a bit larger diameter on the 2wd of course and the frame bulges out a couple extra inches but it has the same key lock style torsion bars running backwards from the front left and right swing arms same as the 4x4 so not sure if that means I could still swap in that front axle and just trade the swing arms and torsion bars with the 4x4 or not, maybe I'll just put a camper on the single cab 4x4 and sale the extra cab or mount the extra cab on the smaller 4x4 frame by trimming it out for the frame rails. I just prefer the larger cab cause I prefer the leg room and space of the extra cab. It's probably such an old subject the 4x2 swap to 4x4 but I have everything there to pick and choose so just wondering if I'm wasting time thinking of doing this based on what I have but they look pretty close to being able to work lol. I either have two for sale here or gonna make one I like and have spare parts.
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I bought a intake gasket set, a water pump and crank shaft seal set as well as O2 senor hoping to find time to put it all on and get rid of my 0303 and my 0171 codes. Tired of the no power and check engine light on my 98 3.0 Ranger super cab plus smog is coming up due for DMV.
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I've only been on this site maybe 3 times... hard working with smartphone... attempting too ask a question... I'm as fumb as dirt trying too figure out how too post a question ... I own a factory stock 2006 Ford Ranger FX4 Off Road 4.0 L Auto Trans ... vin #1fTZR15E06PA20725 I'm trying too figure out if it's a real level II Ford Motor company claims it's a level II via the V# the dealer says it has a level II trim package via the V# but they sounded unsure themselves telling me this... I want too put a Detroit Trutrac up front ... and need too know if my existing rear end is good enough as is??? Being what I believe is a limited slip...I apologize if I'm asking this question in the wrong place... any help would be greatly appreciated... God Bless... Dave
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I replaced the belt tensioner assembly yesterday. No more squeaking.
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Did something nice and easy today. Took out the passenger seat and removed the power amp that quit a few years back.
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Old 10-11-2016
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I have been buying parts, while waiting on cooling weather to install them.
I still have not drove my truck since buying it But I will say I am getting closer.

In this latest batch of parts I purchased new mud flaps, new OEM Ranger Fender badges, touch up paint, OEM roof drip rail moldings plus materials to paint them, tailgate cables all new brake parts and will be slowly working on replacing them.

My back wasn't ready to start working on the brakes but I wanted to make sure the parts I ordered was correct so I installed the drivers side front brake parts and repacked the bearings again with Ford Bearing grease.
I used Wagner pads, drilled and slotted rotors and powder coated power stop rebuilt calipers with Napa premium flex hoses

My old fender badges had XLT I opted for new Plain Ranger Badges because that is all I could find OEM and New at the time I was shopping for them

I removed the original badges so I could compound and polish the paint work panel by panel.

I attached some pictures of my work more to come as I slowly get more done.
As you can see this work has been done in stages as I am very limited by pain and my budget as what I can do.

For contrast I am including some before pictures of the drivers side front suspension and brakes
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*Applause* Bravo, dude! Looks sick!
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Did some maintenance today. Took carpet up, cleaned small bits or rust and repainted the full floor! and cleaned my doors up a bit
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Old 10-16-2016
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Transmission Drain Plug

Today, I tried to change the transmission fluid and rounded the transmission drain plug! I've got a 1998 Ford Ranger XLT manual transmission.

I thought to myself, "Oh great, no problem, I'll just go online and order another plug." After almost 2 hours of scouring the internet I have not seen a single plug that fits my truck. Am I either crazy or am I missing something really obvious? On the Ford OEM parts site, the automatic tranny plug was $100+ dollars. How is this even legal? What a massive rip off...

Do you all have any suggestions of sources where I can get another transmission drain plug?

Would be much appreciated!
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Local pull a part is my friend.
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@EAOutlaw: LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your wheel / tire combo! The wheels remind me of the Indy mags I had on my first car... and you just cannot go wrong with BF Goodrich Radial/TAs. Great work, man... keep it coming!
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Removed about 20 pounds of dried mud from inside of the left & right rocker panels. PO left it there. I will let it dry overnight and then throw some jack stands under it tomorrow and undercoat what i can.
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