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Old 08-02-2014
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Icon7 New Ranger owner!

Just bought my first ranger and am in love with it after a month of driving! It's a 98 standard 3.0 v6. It's in amazing shape! Also loving the stepside. Couple of problems have came up- after purchasing, found out that someone I'm the past had put oil in the brake fluid. Yikes! Is it true I have to replace all the rubber? Secondly, have a small rear main bearing oil seal leak. Any quick fixes or is the only option the high labour bill at the shop?
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Old 08-03-2014
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Congrats, although I'm not sure I can be much of a help on either of those issues. If it has synthetic oil currently, maybe switching to dino oil could help short term? Never had to replace a rear main seal myself.

Also, you got any pictures of the truck?
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Old 08-04-2014
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Are the brakes showing any signs of leaking? If not, simply bleed them (this should be done anyways every couple of years). A local shop can do this for you, and it should be less than one hours labor plus a half bottle of brake fluid if you're not equipped with a decent brake bleeder tool.

As to the engine rear seal, my newly purchased Ranger had a rear main seal leaking. The truck had 213K on it when I bought it; it now has 215K. I did an oil change,as the dealer had put in 5w-20 motorcraft; great oil, but I felt it was too thin for the mileage this engine had, and switched to valvoline high mileage oil; it has additives that help soften engine seals. The rear seal rubber will get hard over the years, and this can be one reason for it to leak. I also added one quart of Bars leak rear main seal conditioner. This stuff works!

I posted about it a few months ago. Some folks are not fans of the so called "miracle fix" stuff, but this is simply an oil; no pellets or melting goo. it helps to softens the seals. Within about 100 miles, the seal stopped leaking. I plan to continue using it on every oil change. A 6 dollar expense verses removing the driveshaft, transmission, transfer case (I have a 4x4), torque converter, and flex plate just to replace a 5 dollar seal is just not something I care to do right now.

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