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Axle Bearing....How hard?

Ok so some of you know i do not have the ranger anymore, but i drive a mustang. Well, it aquired this weird sound the other night sounded like metal clicking or tapping but it was coming from the rear end....i was a bit worried but i didnt do much about it because it went away that same day. Well, now the car has a hideous vibration that will not go away. My thoughts are that it is a bad axle bearing. I wanna do the job myself. Im curious first off if it is a hard job and second is there any sure fire way to make sure it is the bearing before i tear into this job? I have gone through the list of possible other things it could be, suspension, driveshaft, u-joints, tranny mounts, tires out of balance, etc... None of them are the issue. Also how difficult of a job is it? Im pretty good with tools and im fairly confident i can do the job. I have a haynes manual (which is more of a guide than an actual how to) and that should help me atleast get the right tools before i start.

Please any help would be awesome, its my DD and i cant stand feeling like im driving on those safety grooves on the side of a highway constantly! I have and will post new pics if you all wish, i know you guys love stangs!
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Anybody?
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Can't help, but when did you get rid of the Ranger?
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Can't help, but when did you get rid of the Ranger?
Well technically it doesnt leave here till tomorrow but my sister is taking it up to ocala for a farm truck. We have no use for it anymore. I was using it as my back up when my car wasnt driveable.
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Well technically it doesnt leave here till tomorrow but my sister is taking it up to ocala for a farm truck. We have no use for it anymore. I was using it as my back up when my car wasnt driveable.
O I C, You not doing the pool thing anymore?
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O I C, You not doing the pool thing anymore?
that has LONG been over. My brother screwed that up.
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Axle berrings are a JOKE.

Put the axle up on jackstands. Remove the wheels.

Open the Differential , drain the fluids.

Pull the c-clips or retainers for the shaft on the side you wish to remove and slide it out. Depending on how your gear/carrier/spool is setup, You might have to remove a bolt and pin from it in order to remove the clips.

Once the clips are removed, you can slide that axleshaft out of the way.

You will see the seal and berring on the axle end.

I have a bering puller for axles. You can probably rent one from auto-zone or a local parts store. They look like a dent puller ( slide hammer ) with a tipping end on it. basically, you slide it into the hole where the axleshaft came from and it tips once inside, grabbing on the back side of the bering. Use the slide-hammer end of it and bang the bering out.

Reverse the process to put it back together.

Honestly.. on a scale of 1-10, I would rate this as a 3.5 at the most. Even if you have to disconnect the brake hardware if something is in the way.. Its 4 bolts on the flange and a brake line..
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Don't automatically assume the axle bearing is bad without investigating the possibility of a bad U-joint. A U-joint is much more likely to go bad than an axle bearing.
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