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 light pickup. Not a dumptruck.
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
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.
FYI, I have a '91 Ranger sitting in my driveway that when new, had no grease
nipples anywhere. I know that because I changed one of the original
tie-rods and another part of the steering, neither had nipples on them. My
rear end does not have a drain plug either, you have to pull the pan slowly
and let the fluid drain at the bottom.
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