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Old 04-08-2011
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I have a 93 ford Ranger(4x4, 4.0L, Auto hubs) with a worn right bearing/spindle(noisy). I not finding any used spindles to replace this one.
1. I am just wondering if anyone knows of a cheap solution to this problem?
2. Is it possible to convert to a 2 wheel drive without a lot of hassle and does it get rid of the wear problem?
About 2 years ago I spent almost $1000.00 bucks to a shop and it didnt seem to last that long.
Not 6 months ago I had les schwab do a bearing packing and that didnt fix it.

Any recomendations I will be gratefull for...
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Old 04-09-2011
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1- check the ball joints, etc in there and make sure your not driving at an odd angle.
2- do a complete hub assembly swap, with new ones. unfortunatly that is the only sure way. about 400 for a pair. doing a repack wont always fix it
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Old 04-09-2011
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How can the spindle be bad? Unless the bearings were ungodly loose to the point of causing steering issues, the inner bearing race shouldn't have done any damage.
I sometimes forget to check my bearings after hard wheeling and they get a little sloppy and on 35s I have yet to see any damage done to my spindles.
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your spindles are extremely strong. Look at the abuse they go through with out breaking... Hell I know one guy who rolled his truck down a hill, and didnt break a spindle.

I vote for replacing the entire hub assembly. you can get the midrange version at autozone for about $235. I just replaced my driver side front.
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Old 04-10-2011
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His is a 93, no hubs back then, just beefy manly bearings.
My advice would be warn manual hubs. The nut conversion used to hold the bearings tight is much more reliable.
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