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Old 11-17-2009, 07:49 AM
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thanks again all for the help...I gotta link from modelageek about my year ranger ext cab having this slipping issue. Its caused my insufficient lube on the slip yoke, i guess you gotta go synthetic on it. I'll be doing this eventually...I did save the pdf if anyone is having the same issue. thanks again everyone
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Old 11-19-2009, 08:35 AM
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I forgot to ask this, how much of pain is it really to change the rear axle seal on rangers? Do you absolutely have to change the bearings? It seems like some specialty tools are required to do the job. I was just wondering what experiances you guys have had in doing this?
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Old 11-19-2009, 08:50 AM
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I have never done it. I read a sticky about it. Looks very doable. You pull the cover off the diff, then the C clip, pull the axle off the seal and bearing are right there. I think it helps to have a slide hammer to pop the bearing out. IMO I would do the bearing since it is right there. I might even do the other side......how bad I'd the leak? Is it getting onto the brake?
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Old 11-23-2009, 04:55 AM
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Yeah it seems like you might as well do the bearing while you're in there from what I've read. The leak leaves a small puddle wherever I am parked at for along period of time. A puddle about as round as a baseball. I've been checking and adding fluid as needed but it doesnt seem to take much. As for getting on the brakes I dont think it is. My braking doesnt seem affected at all, I would assume that would make that rear drum real slippery. It's definitely coming from the drum area but it just drips onto the wheel then.
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Old 11-23-2009, 05:55 AM
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That is a pretty good leak. Are you positive it is coming from the differential. And not the wheel cylinder for your brakes. Have you checked your brake fluid. It prob is differential just want to make sure
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Old 11-23-2009, 06:07 AM
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dude.....get the ass in the air, pull the wheel/tire off, pull the drum and LOOK. look on the backside of the drum as well. Don't even need to take out any tools but a flashlight.




Look at your puddle. Put a finger in the fluid.....smell it....feel it. You'll be able to tell it's brake fluid or oil or not...

If it's axle seal, there'll be fluid flung all around the inside of the drum and all over the brake components and pedal power on that side would be greatly diminished. If it's wheel cyl, it'll leak on the backside of the drum or on the seals of the 'fingers' that stick out the wheel cyl on the inside of the drum, again, with fluid all over on the brake components within the drum.
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Old 11-23-2009, 06:11 AM
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oh..btw...totally forgot all about this thread. lol.

Ah yes......the lovely ranger 'slap bump'. Very common on non-traction bar equipped rigs. Install of a traction bar eliminates the oh so awesome slap bump.
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Old 11-23-2009, 07:03 AM
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DUDE I know its gear lube not brake fluid, I have an AWD Talon, I'm well aware of what gear lube smells, looks and feels like. I think I've even tasted aciddentaly, lol. I have taken the wheel off and looked at everything. It is very much looking like the axle seal, we've pretty much established that. I'm more concerned now on how hard the replacement of the seal is.
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Old 11-23-2009, 07:17 PM
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kkk...

I have good luck using a seal removal tool from the local auto parts store for like $5. Looks like a dual side spiked hammer thats thin.

wheel off, drum off, diff cover off, center pin removed, c-clip then slide out the axle shaft. Grab the removal tool and pry the old seal out. clean the area it presses into using some emry cloth or sandpaper. Then get your new seal and gently hammer it into place trying to keep the seal fairly square while lightly pounding all the way around. I like to use a 1x1 chunk of wood about 8" long between the hammer and the seal. rub a little bit of oil on the rubber seal, slide in your shaft, throw it all back to gether, top of your fluid. done.

It's not that hard if you're comfortable working on vehicles.
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