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Old 10-16-2005, 20:11   #1 (permalink)
Sidewinder
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2000 Ford Ranger

I've just purchased a used 2000 Ford Ranger (3.0 liter, 6 cyl) seemingly in mint
condition throughout. However, one thing puzzles me. After crawling around
underneath this vehicle, I did not see a single grease zerk. Nor were there any
plugs which could be removed and replaced with a zerk. In other words, these
seems to be no way the chassis on this truck can be lubricated. What's going on
here? Surely, this vehicle was not lubricated for life at the factory. Also,
there is no way to drain the differential without removing the rear plate. I'll
welcome any comments on this. Thanks.

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Old 10-16-2005, 22:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 2000 Ford Ranger

Sidewinder <sidewinder@newsguy.com> wrote in
news:139515357.00017e0b.075.0001@drn.newsguy.com:

> I've just purchased a used 2000 Ford Ranger (3.0 liter, 6 cyl)
> seemingly in mint condition throughout. However, one thing puzzles
> me. After crawling around underneath this vehicle, I did not see a
> single grease zerk. Nor were there any plugs which could be removed
> and replaced with a zerk. In other words, these seems to be no way
> the chassis on this truck can be lubricated. What's going on here?
> Surely, this vehicle was not lubricated for life at the factory.
> Also, there is no way to drain the differential without removing the
> rear plate. I'll welcome any comments on this. Thanks.
>
>


You're right, there arent. Been QUITE a while since you bought -or
serviced- a car, huh?

Been that way only about the last 20 years. And yes, ball joints now
typically last 150k instead of the 60k or so in the fifties

And why would you want to drain the diff without removing the rear plate?

This is a {very} light pickup. Not a dumptruck.
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Old 10-16-2005, 22:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 2000 Ford Ranger


"Backyard Mechanic" <pettyfog@yaywho.com> wrote in message
news:Xns96F1EFCD9F02Cpettyfogery@207.115.63.158...
> Been that way only about the last 20 years. And yes, ball joints now
> typically last 150k instead of the 60k or so in the fifties


I have replaced A LOT of ball joint and control arms well under 100k

Especially on Expeditions/f150

Johan


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Old 10-17-2005, 14:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: 2000 Ford Ranger

"johanb" <ollieb1oREMOVE@THIScs.com> wrote in news:c2F4f.44$sd7.2164
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>
> "Backyard Mechanic" <pettyfog@yaywho.com> wrote in message
> news:Xns96F1EFCD9F02Cpettyfogery@207.115.63.158...
>> Been that way only about the last 20 years. And yes, ball joints now
>> typically last 150k instead of the 60k or so in the fifties

>
> I have replaced A LOT of ball joint and control arms well under 100k
>
> Especially on Expeditions/f150
>
> Johan
>
>


Ooops.. my bad, oh wait.. is that like a Ranger?
;)

I'd be interested, though in knowing if the boots were unbroken and full of
dried grease... or just rust.
I also did a few... just backyard, understand... in the sixties that
seemed to have come with minimal lube in them.

Lately on my beaters, none that didnt have either broken boots or boots
full of solid crud.. those were at about 180K
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Old 10-17-2005, 16:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: 2000 Ford Ranger


"Backyard Mechanic" <pettyfog@yaywho.com> wrote in message
news:Xns96F2A89C39FDDpettyfogery@207.115.63.158...
> "johanb" <ollieb1oREMOVE@THIScs.com> wrote in news:c2F4f.44$sd7.2164
> @news.uswest.net:
>
> Ooops.. my bad, oh wait.. is that like a Ranger?
> ;)
>

no, but your statement sounds like all ball joints are typically ok until
150k, wich there not


> I'd be interested, though in knowing if the boots were unbroken and full

of
> dried grease... or just rust.


Boots still ok, just lack of lubrication caused by dryed up grease



> I also did a few... just backyard, understand... in the sixties that
> seemed to have come with minimal lube in them.
>
> Lately on my beaters, none that didnt have either broken boots or boots
> full of solid crud.. those were at about 180K
>



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Old 10-17-2005, 16:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: 2000 Ford Ranger

"johanb" <ollieb1oREMOVE@THIScs.com> wrote in news:09V4f.28$%F1.788
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> "Backyard Mechanic" <pettyfog@yaywho.com> wrote in message
> news:Xns96F2A89C39FDDpettyfogery@207.115.63.158...
>> "johanb" <ollieb1oREMOVE@THIScs.com> wrote in news:c2F4f.44$sd7.2164
>> @news.uswest.net:
>>
>> Ooops.. my bad, oh wait.. is that like a Ranger?
>> ;)
>>

> no, but your statement sounds like all ball joints are typically ok until
> 150k, wich there not
>
>
>> I'd be interested, though in knowing if the boots were unbroken and full

> of
>> dried grease... or just rust.

>
> Boots still ok, just lack of lubrication caused by dryed up grease
>
>


I check mine every year... find that on Mustangs.. about 150, on MN12's
about 170K

Maybe I'm just lucky.
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Old 10-17-2005, 18:01   #7 (permalink)
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Re: 2000 Ford Ranger

You're wrong, wrong, wrong, Junkyard Mechanic. My last vehicle was a '92
Ranger and it had grease zerks on the front suspension, which I lubricated
regularly. As for the differential, I didn't say I wanted to drain it. I
said there was no drain plug in it. Again, my '92 Ranger had a drain plug.
In fact, every vehicle I've ever owned had a drain plug in it. And I've
owned a few.



"Backyard Mechanic" <pettyfog@yaywho.com> wrote in message
news:Xns96F1EFCD9F02Cpettyfogery@207.115.63.158...
> Sidewinder <sidewinder@newsguy.com> wrote in
> news:139515357.00017e0b.075.0001@drn.newsguy.com:
>
> > I've just purchased a used 2000 Ford Ranger (3.0 liter, 6 cyl)
> > seemingly in mint condition throughout. However, one thing puzzles
> > me. After crawling around underneath this vehicle, I did not see a
> > single grease zerk. Nor were there any plugs which could be removed
> > and replaced with a zerk. In other words, these seems to be no way
> > the chassis on this truck can be lubricated. What's going on here?
> > Surely, this vehicle was not lubricated for life at the factory.
> > Also, there is no way to drain the differential without removing the
> > rear plate. I'll welcome any comments on this. Thanks.
> >
> >

>
> You're right, there arent. Been QUITE a while since you bought -or
> serviced- a car, huh?
>
> Been that way only about the last 20 years. And yes, ball joints now
> typically last 150k instead of the 60k or so in the fifties
>
> And why would you want to drain the diff without removing the rear plate?
>
> This is a {very} light pickup. Not a dumptruck.



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Old 10-17-2005, 19:01   #8 (permalink)
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Re: 2000 Ford Ranger

"Sidewinder" <sidewinder@ArizU.edu> wrote in
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> You're wrong, wrong, wrong, Junkyard Mechanic. My last vehicle was a
> '92 Ranger and it had grease zerks on the front suspension, which I
> lubricated regularly. As for the differential, I didn't say I wanted
> to drain it. I said there was no drain plug in it. Again, my '92
> Ranger had a drain plug. In fact, every vehicle I've ever owned had a
> drain plug in it. And I've owned a few.
>


okay. So I guess they decided to do it like a car.
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Old 10-17-2005, 19:01   #9 (permalink)
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Re: 2000 Ford Ranger


"Sidewinder" <sidewinder@ArizU.edu> wrote in message
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> You're wrong, wrong, wrong, Junkyard Mechanic. My last vehicle was a '92
> Ranger and it had grease zerks on the front suspension, which I lubricated
> regularly. As for the differential, I didn't say I wanted to drain it. I
> said there was no drain plug in it. Again, my '92 Ranger had a >drain
> plug.


No, it didn't..... and I can't think of Ford car or light truck built in the
last 25 years that did have one.
Bob

> In fact, every vehicle I've ever owned had a drain plug in it. And I've
> owned a few.
>



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Old 10-17-2005, 22:01   #10 (permalink)
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Re: 2000 Ford Ranger

In article <k1Y4f.13204$nE2.11777@fe03.lga>,
"Bob" <bob@n0spam.net> wrote:

> "Sidewinder" <sidewinder@ArizU.edu> wrote in message
> news:dj1feg$17kk$1@news3.infoave.net...
> > You're wrong, wrong, wrong, Junkyard Mechanic. My last vehicle was a '92
> > Ranger and it had grease zerks on the front suspension, which I lubricated
> > regularly. As for the differential, I didn't say I wanted to drain it. I
> > said there was no drain plug in it. Again, my '92 Ranger had a >drain
> > plug.

>
> No, it didn't..... and I can't think of Ford car or light truck built in the
> last 25 years that did have one.
> Bob


Hell, there are Ford 9" rear axles that didn't even have a fill
plug.
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