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98+ Ranger front diff work

OK, so I've been getting a vibration in my front end lately, accompanied by some scratching sounds when in 4WD. I would have bet on it being the u-joint in the front shaft. To test it, I took it off yesterday. The drive to work this morning proved me wrong. The vibration is worse, and it's definitely coming from the front of the truck. If I move the yoke back and forth, there is a little clicking/crunching. I suspect pinion bearing. However, if I have to get into it, I might as well just rebuild it.

Anyone done this on the truck before, and how long did it take you? I'm trying to decide if I should just pick up one at a yard and go through it, or if I can just get the parts and rebuild mine in a weekend.

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Have you tried just replacing the fluid in the diff?
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Ditto. I think the 98s and up have a removable diff cover? check for any metal chunks. Not like the 97 I used to own where the whole pumpkin had to F#[email protected] come out to change a seal.
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ya for the 98+ the whole front axle has to be dropped for service. F that--i bought a pump, sucked the old fluid out and pumped the new fluid in.
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yeah that front diff cover is useless if its still in the truck lol. whole assembly has to come out but its very easy to pull the axles.
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im not much of a vdub guy but thats slammed passat looks sweet!
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im not much of a vdub guy but thats slammed passat looks sweet!
its a 2011 cc 2.0T 6 speed manual on air ride. he sold it. looked better on the "summer" wheels that were 3 grand lol.

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Pinion bearing is shot. I just did mine the other day it's super easy to pull the entire unit out. The rebuild like was 108$
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its a 2011 cc 2.0T 6 speed manual on air ride. he sold it. looked better on the "summer" wheels that were 3 grand lol.

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haha thats too bad he sold it. ok noowww thread hack over


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Pinion bearing is shot. I just did mine the other day it's super easy to pull the entire unit out. The rebuild like was 108$
i thought you were selling it?...
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i thought you were selling it?...
dave is just going through what I went through when i couldn't make up my mind whether i was buying a ranger or not.
he's pulling a kewn
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dave is just going through what I went through when i couldn't make up my mind whether i was buying a ranger or not.
he's pulling a kewn
you got it!
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Oh yes. I kno that phase very well came close once. Had a down payment on a acura anf everything.
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Thanks for the input guys. I am sure it's the pinion bearing. I just figure if I do any of it, I'll do all of it. I will roll the 1/4 million mile mark on the truck in a few days. This will be the first of any work done on it that could be considered major. I think I'll just find a unit to rebuild, and do the swap out. I'm also thinking of doing an Expo shaft while I'm at it.
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1/4 million miles? You'd never know it looking at the truck!
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1/4 million miles? You'd never know it looking at the truck!
I know, right? This truck is very clean for it's age. It's just starting to get a few rust spots, and nothing major. I'll be taking care of those over the summer. The frame is clean, and it still runs and drives strong (well, strong for a three-point-slow ha ha)
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i need to do my front pinion bearing as well. and replace my front driveshaft, what are the benefits of swapping to the explorer shaft?
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pinion,rear main and front main seals
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Duuude, got a little bit of leak there?

think i got you beat
-valve covers, main seal, and oil pan leak. want to check the front diff though cuz the back side of my passenger lower control arm is wet looking
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Duuude, got a little bit of leak there?

think i got you beat
-valve covers, main seal, and oil pan leak. want to check the front diff though cuz the back side of my passenger lower control arm is wet looking
It's her time of the month..... Oh wait that would be ATF

prolly the outer axle seal been there done that
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what are the benefits of swapping to the explorer shaft?
Im curious about this too, ive never heard of switching to the expo shaft.
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top is stock 01
bottom is from 95-98ish explorer, double cardon


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So does that make it stronger?
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gives you more room in terms of degree if you're lifted, it lasts longer preserving the joints, and it gives you an overall smoother ride. I wanted to do it on my old truck but never got to it. maybe the 04 will get it haha
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yeah that front diff cover is useless if its still in the truck lol. whole assembly has to come out but its very easy to pull the axles.
Hey would you be able to give more details on how to take the front diff off?
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