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  1. RangerJoey

    Oh Snap - The Magic Yoo-Hoo Machine: Brown Coolant

    Hi All, I'm trying to flush the cooling system on a '99 4.0 OHV and first drained the coolant on a cool engine. Rather disgusting: Nasty stuff. I then removed the thermostat, threw a bottle of Prestone flush + distilled water in there, let it idle with the heat maxed and drained again: Not...
  2. RangerJoey

    Upper Thermostat Housing Question: 35mm vs 40mm

    Hello, I'm flushing my radiator and figured I'd replace a few parts while drained. I picked up a Stant 195F thermostat, new O-Ring and Gasket. But I'm confused about the upper thermostat housing. On my '99 4.0L, RockAuto, Amazon, and even the part manufacturers themselves, (like Dorman), list...
  3. RangerJoey

    '99 to Live Axle Swap: Noob Advice?

    Hello, I'm getting prepared for a full front suspension overhaul and in the process, converting from a locking hub system to a front live axle. I've read this article in the tech section but still have some questions. First, I've picked up new upper control arms, lower control arms, inner tie...
  4. RangerJoey

    Front Differential: Quick Questions on Drain Plug

    Hello, I'm hoping to remove the fill plug and suck out all the old oil in the front differential, ('99 4WD), and have 2 quarts of 80w90 ready to go with one of those fluid pumps. But my concern is the drain plug. Unlike the rear diff or transfer case, I don't see this being a regular...
  5. RangerJoey

    Help identifying idle noise (with video)

    Hello, This has been going on for sometime now but the truck hasn't been driven in ages. Now I'm looking to move from the suspension onto the actual engine. About to change the oil and I know there's a million other things this 4.0 needs, (plugs, wires, air filter, MAF/Throttle clean, EGR...
  6. RangerJoey

    Exhaust Wrap - Is my head stuck up something?

    Hi All, I just finished up putting a Gibson SS single exhaust system on my 4.0. Nice low tone that oddly really doesn't make it into the cabinet at all. Hangers and clamps are all "snug" and I was going to tighten things up, but then I had a thought: I wasn't planning on having anything welded...
  7. RangerJoey

    Help on Universal Joint Replacement

    Hi All, Using the long weekend to finally swap the Universal Joints on this 1999 4WD, (2 Door, Extended Cab). I ordered some MOOG Super Strength Non-Greasable U Joints and got the front one in easily. But the rear one is insane. I'm thinking it's almost impossible. I referenced MOOG's site...
  8. RangerJoey

    Rear Brake Adjuster Arm not Tickling Little Star

    Hey Guys, Just finished up my first brake change on a shoe/drum setup. Went way better than expected, (shout out to these forums!), but when finalizing everything, I've run into a hiccup: the brake adjuster arm on both sides won't touch the star adjuster. They're each off just a few mm, (I...
  9. RangerJoey

    Tie Rods: Looking for advice

    Hi All, With the weather finally warming, I'm looking to jump back into my truck and was going to overhaul a lot of the front components, (mostly suspension stuff). But I was also going to replace both the inner and outer tie rods as well. I've seen some videos and it doesn't look too bad...
  10. RangerJoey

    Tranny Flush: Part Number Help

    Hi All, I'm going to service my '99 4x4 5R55E tranny and just want to be sure I'm getting the correct stuff. First, I wasn't going to do a full flush since there's 120k on the original fluid and I'd prefer to do this procedure annually, (bi-annually?), to introduce new detergents slowly. So...
  11. RangerJoey

    New General Tire Question

    Hi All, I've been searching through these forums and the wheel tech guide and I think I'm missing something. I'm trying to purchase replacements for my 99 4x4 (stock suspension), and noticed my existing tires, (235/75/16), aren't the recommended ones on certain sites. They seem to suggest I...
  12. RangerJoey

    U-Bolt Plate Help

    Hi All, I just received a set of new leaf springs, hangers, and shackles and am doing my driver's side for the first time. I also went ahead and picked up new U-Bolts. Trying to reinstall everything, I'm noticing my non-OEM leaf pack that sits on the axle block will not fit through the U-Bolt...
  13. RangerJoey

    Differential Fluid: Conflicting Information

    Hi All, I have a 8.8" 4.10 LS differential and was going to drain & fill the rear differential. My shop manual calls for 5 pints of 80W90 oil and some friction modifier. But I saw this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LIm-YZ4DUI At 16:20, he mentions Ford is going to 75W140. Is that right...
  14. RangerJoey

    Replacing Front & Rear Brakes: Checklist

    Hi All, I'm in the middle of doing a full overhaul on a 1999 4.0 XLT and am going to do the brakes next. I've never done anything other than a disc system so I'm looking for some advice/tips and also making sure I'm getting all the right parts. This truck has the 10" rear brake shoes and 11.25"...
  15. RangerJoey

    Service Manuals

    Hi Guys, Super random, but does anyone know where I could get a good Ford service manual? Nothing against the Haynes guys or anything, (which I still might buy), but looking for a factory service guide. I'm not sure if these are dealer only, but I got one for my '06 Explorer years back off...
  16. RangerJoey

    General Tune-Up Advice?

    Hi All, First, I apologize if this is the wrong section to post. It's "help", but much more general than specifically engine vs brakes vs transmission, etc. That said, it's still a bit of a help post... So I'm in the midst of getting my "new to me" 1999 4.0 XLT. The truck was originally my...
  17. RangerJoey

    Rear Brake Line Leak

    Hi Guys, I have a "not yet mine" 1999 Ford Ranger XLT 4.0 with 4WD. Right now, before we even settle on price, etc, the truck can't be driven. It actually had to be towed to my house. There's a terrible leak on the rear driver's side. I thought it was just a bust in the line, but after...
  18. RangerJoey

    Ford Badges & Ranger Emblems

    Hi All, Newbie here! Just was wondering about several small tweaks to bring a 1999 XLT cosmetically up to date and figured I'd address some of the low hanging fruit before talking a face swap. I currently don't have a Ranger, but if (WHEN!), are there guideholes behind the Ford Badge located...
  19. RangerJoey

    4th Grade Dodgeball Champion

    Hello Everyone! Just taking a second to introduce myself. I'm just a boy, standing in front of a girl, asking her to love him. Terrible line. Never works. But I'm just a dude that is hopefully getting a Ranger in a month or so. Specifically, I'm set on buying my Dad's old 1999 4.0L XLT...


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