1994 Ford Ranger Install Front Stub Axle Shaft
The front stub axle shaft on a 1994 Ford Ranger connects the transmission to the drive wheels. This effectively transfers the power from the engine to the wheels. Typically, the reason you need to replace these shafts is because the flexible CV joint in them fails. Once the shaft is removed, installing the shaft can be a bit tricky. This is largely due to the fact that the end that is inserted into the transmission is fitted with a special snap ring that sometimes prevents the shaft from being easily installed. However, with the proper process, you'll be able to more easily install the front axle stub shaft.
 Tools Used
 Install Front Stub Axle Shaft
- Squeeze a generous amount of hard grease onto your index finger.
- Coat the snap ring on the end of the axle with the hard grease. One end of the axle will contain splines, while the other end will have a snap ring. The snap ring is the end that is inserted into the transmission and may need to be greased.
- With the snap ring packed in grease, center the snap ring so that it "floats" in the groove on the end of the axle.
- Slide the snap ring side of the axle into the transmission until you hear a "click." This will indicate that the snap ring is locked into position in the transmission and will not come out.
- Align the splined side of the axle shaft with the Ranger's hub and push the axle through the hub assembly. The axle is now installed and will not come loose from the hub or the transmission.