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Old 03-24-2008
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need front end help!!!

i went off roading yesterday, and i kept hearing this clunking sound from the front wheels, when i got home i took the wheels off and the outer part of the auto hubs, when i grab the splined shaft sticking out (axle) i can move it up and down like an 1/8 inch. is that supposed to move? and if not what do i replace the wheel bearing? also if i replace the lower ball joints do i need to get an alignment?
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also i was looking up parts for my front end and they ask 28 or 35, how can i tell, i know the drivers door isnt the original so is there any other way to tell?
its a 1994 super cab
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something to do with the upper ball joint, its either a pinch bolt or a nut on the top.

i'd say its a 35
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There isn't a pinch bolt or nut on the TTB rangers, that splined shaft, Outer drive shaft can move a little with the hub off. If you replace the ball joints I would get an alignment, it's $50 and will save your tires. Jack the truck up and wiggle the tire back and forth with a buddy looking to see whats moving.

4.0 L for sure have the Dana 35
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There isn't a pinch bolt or nut on the TTB rangers, that splined shaft, Outer drive shaft can move a little with the hub off. If you replace the ball joints I would get an alignment, it's $50 and will save your tires. Jack the truck up and wiggle the tire back and forth with a buddy looking to see whats moving.

4.0 L for sure have the Dana 35
thanks man, i didnt think its normal for the shaft to move in there, i wanna pull it apart to check the ujoints in the axle behind it, i gotta find this noise. i moved the tire up and down and i seen the play in the bottom ball joint, do you think the noise can be coming from them? it sounds like metal to metal when hitting bumps.
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Yes, that'd be the noise they'd make.
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the difference between the 2 axles can be determined by the style of upper ball joint. that was the question he asked in post #2
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