Need to replace spindles, can I replace 30 spline from a 35 spline?

  • 1997 FORD RANGER
  • 4.0L
  • V6
  • 4WD
  • 124,000 MILES
I brought the truck to mechanic shop and was told the bearings needed greased and the threads were crossed on the spindles, and they said the spindles needed to be replaced. Unfortunately, they don't make new spindles, so I've been trying to find used ones. I'm wondering if I can go to a 35 spline from a 30 spline and then upgrade the spindles. I'm not sure what my options are here. Please help.
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Thursday, June 1st, 2023 AT 8:57 AM

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I'm sorry to hear about the issues you're facing with your 1997 Ford Ranger. When it comes to spindle replacements and upgrades, there are a few things you should consider.

Firstly, the number of splines on the spindles refers to the number of grooves or teeth that engage with the corresponding components. Going from a 30-spline to a 35-spline spindle would require compatible components, such as axle shafts and wheel hubs, which are designed to work with the 35-spline configuration. It's important to ensure that all these components are compatible with each other and with your specific model of Ranger.

Secondly, since you mentioned that new spindles for your truck are not readily available, finding used spindles is a reasonable approach. However, it's crucial to ensure that the used spindles are in good condition, properly greased, and not damaged. Additionally, it's recommended to inspect and potentially replace other related components such as bearings, seals, and any other parts that may have been affected by the crossed threads.

To accurately determine your options and ensure compatibility, it's best to consult with a qualified mechanic or an automotive specialist who has experience with Ford Rangers. They will be able to assess your specific situation, provide guidance on suitable replacements or upgrades, and ensure that the chosen components will work effectively and safely with your truck.
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Friday, June 2nd, 2023 AT 7:33 AM

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