Done them on chevys never on fords. didnt evan take tire off yet. load squeking when turning left only. so is it hard. not car stupid just stoped working on them after bad street racing accident when younger. time 2
get back on horse & get dirty
This job is VERY HARD and time consuming... don't expect to be done in one day... (rookie) My dad and I did the front end on a Ford Escort 1980. pain in the ***.
Before ordering your ball joints....
check the actual rubber housing of the joints for tears.. (openings).. if NONE then check and make sure nothing from around the brake calipers is rubbing. My Kia Spectra has an obnoxious little metal flap that seems to shift over time... (husband's handy work of trying to change brakes one day made it loose.) So now they rub or kinda squeek...
Also make sure the brake pads/calipers are sitting properly.. if they're loose.. it also causes noises..
Lastly.. check that your tires aren't bottoming out on anything in the whell well or steering etc... turning too harshly can cause the wheel to bottom out against the inside sway bar and stuff...
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your front suspension has ball joints which have a lubrication adapter that takes ball bearing grease. you need a grease gun. better to take it to a shade tree mechanic and let him grease all the front end joints. get a quote on the cost first.
sounds like you need new ball joints. jack the front of the car up one side at a time so that the tire is clearly off the ground. once you do that try to push and pull the tire from left to right. if it does move then its your ball joints.
have the lower ball joints checked i just purchased a 97 and both were bad and squeking like no other . If u do em urself the ball joints cost 55 for both an i had to have them pressed which was 40 bucks. If u take it to a shop it will cost a whole lot more :-(
Before servicing the vehicle refer to the precautions at the beginning of this section.
Raise and support the vehicle.
Prior to carrying out any inspection of the ball joints inspect the wheel bearing.
Have an assistant pull inward and outward on the top and the bottom tire. Mount a suitable dial indicator and measure the movement between the ball joint and the lower arm. If the movement is at or exceeds 0.03 in. (0.75 mm) install a new ball joint.
oe is a term for original equipment it means that the part is the same as the one that ford installed at the factory. parts that you would buy at napa or autozone etc are after market as for the ball joint the
this part is at the end of the control arm where the spindle attaches to itit allows the tires to pivot left to right
I would be surprised if it were a matter of alignment if you can move the tire! I would suspect a severely damaged or broken ball joint. I would not drive it if the alignment is truly 30 degrees out. Remove the tire and observe the control arm and ball joint as you move the hub in and out at the top. Does the entire control arm move or just the ball joint? If it is the ball joint, it should be replaced. If the control arm moves it will need to be checked for tightness or replaced. Did the car strike something in the road?