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Doing ball joints with the four wheel drive vacuum engagment

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Been awhile since I have been on here, but I need some help. I have never done ball joints in my life. I think I can handle them though. My question is, my lower driver side one is bad. Should I do the top while I am at it? Second question I remember when I had an alignment done awhile ago the guy said something about the vacuum system making it harder? Not sure what he ment by that, any insight would be helpful. O also I saw the guy in a video hit the old joint out with a slug hammer. You guys advise? thanks so much in advance.
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What year ranger are we talking about here.. I know 98+ T-bar rangers are like a 3hrs per side according to all data.
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I have a 1999 ranger
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T-bars are a PITA if you've never done them before. i've you've got the time then i recommend going ahead and doing it, but you should look into a ball joint press kit, ask around to see if anyone has one, it'll make your job 10x easier.
I think Pedro (99offroadrngr) just did his a while ago, you might want to see if he could offer some insight.
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What makes it harder with the t-bar suspension may I ask? And those kits they rent out at like a o'reilly's right? they are the tool that pushes the new ball joint on, and can you use it to take the old one off? You guys are fast thanks
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its not hard at all. do all 4 at the same time. its like replacing a tire who just gets one do all 4 at the same time and get some grease ones
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What makes it harder with the t-bar suspension may I ask? And those kits they rent out at like a o'reilly's right? they are the tool that pushes the new ball joint on, and can you use it to take the old one off? You guys are fast thanks
yea, i think you can rent them, and they can do both. I always found it hard to do because of how the T-Bar suspension is set up. no room to work.
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Alright thanks a lot guys, I dont have to worry about the vacuum system at all then?
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its not hard at all. do all 4 at the same time. its like replacing a tire who just gets one do all 4 at the same time and get some grease ones
you have a live axle its different than a PVH system.


To the OP, if you want to save yourself time, don't bother taking the PVH hub off. When i did mine, i pulled my front axles, got a BFH (big ****in hammer) and hit the old ball joint off. to install the new one you'll need to press it in. You can rent a press for them at your local Autozone or Advance Auto Parts. Luckily, my friend whos a Ford tech had one and brought it over.

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pulled the axle out with the whole knuckle, did the balljoint and reinstalled. you don't need to remove the hub that way and it will save you time.
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Thanks offroad, I feel dumb asking, but I have been searching online and I am not quite sure what the difference is between a live axle and PVH system. What does PVH stand for? Last question, do I need that fork looking tool? I have scene people use them and I am guessing it is to create seperation. I suck at this suspension talk.
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Thanks offroad, I feel dumb asking, but I have been searching online and I am not quite sure what the difference is between a live axle and PVH system. What does PVH stand for? Last question, do I need that fork looking tool? I have scene people use them and I am guessing it is to create seperation. I suck at this suspension talk.
PVH is "Pulse Vacuum Hub" assuming you have a 98-00 since your title says you have a vacuum engaging 4x4.

I didnt use a "fork tool" when i did mine
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when i did mine i beat the living s#$t out of the old one with a hammer and used a jack and a block of wood to push the new one up and also used a hammer to hit the steering knuckle down while i jacked it up.
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when i did mine i beat the living s#$t out of the old one with a hammer and used a jack and a block of wood to push the new one up and also used a hammer to hit the steering knuckle down while i jacked it up.
why make yourself more work when you can rent the correct tool for free? just put it an impact and blast it on slowly
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It really wasn't that hard. The weight of the truck did most of the work.
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