Question about Ford E-Series
Hi guys just need some direction on these balljoints some people have told me you have to heat them up to remove them? how do you press the new ones in amd do ineed a special tool to do it or can i just smack em out with a hammer? thanks guys any knowledge would be great thanks
First off, you're going to need to obtain a ball-joint separator (also referred to as a "pickle fork"). Remove the crown nut, then wedge the fork between the ball joint and the suspension component that you're pulling it from. You may have to fight with it and still maybe smack them a bit, but once you get them free, you're ready for the fun stuff.
Many times, ball joints and tie-rod ends prove to be quite difficult when it comes to breaking them free, but it can be done. The best way that I've found is to get a can of "PB Blaster" penetrating spray and soak them down real good at least 12-24 hours before you plan to do the fix. Once they're loose from the control arm (or wherever, depending on which ones you're replacing), heat them up with a propane torch for 10-15 minutes, and proceed to remove them with a couple of pipe wrenches. You'll want to take note on how many rotations it takes to get each of them off and make sure when reinstalling the new ones, that you put them on the same number of turns. This will get the alignment as straight as you'll be able to get it without actually taking it to a shop to put it on an alignment rack. Most of the ones that I've replaced have been good enough that I rarely need to take it for an alignment. Also, you'll want to make sure that your steering wheel remains straight when re-installing, unless you want to buy or rent a steering wheel puller to return it to the right position once you're finished. Make sure that upon reinstalling the crown nut, that you torque them to factory specs, that you use the supplied cotter pin to assure that the nut doesn't come loose while driving, and, if fitted with grease fittings, that you grease them until you can visibly see grease leaking out from the rubber cups. The primary reason for these going out is that most people don't think to lube their suspension grease fittings when they have their oil changed...yes, many shops offer it as a part of their tune-up or lube-job, but there are just as many DIY's out there thay never take this into consideration. Anyways, I hope this proves to be useful information and hope that you'll rate my answer accordingly, if it's not too much of a bother. Thanks and have a great night!
Posted on Nov 25, 2008
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