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How to replace lower ball joint on a 97 ford aerostar

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Ford states that you should replace the entire knuckle, however since I'm an Engineer (Mechanical and Electronic) and basically cannot stand other Engineers (they are usually full of themselves) I look at things a different way. I had the same problem and since I'm a bit lazy in my old age, I hired 2 different road mechanics to replace the ball joints on my 1998 Taurus SE. Both of them beat themselves silly with hammers to try to remove the old ones with no success. (They gave up & stated that Ithey would have to replace the entire knuckle assempby. I sent them on their way. (this was 2 seperate occasions a day apart). (they both also claimed ASE certified) The next day I went to Auto Zone, purchased the new ball joints and did it myself. After removing the hardware (nuts, snap rings, etc) I got out my air chisel. Had them BOTH out in about 3 minutes. Good luck. The entire job took me less than an hour. Good luck!!

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if you have some mechanical knowledge, it is not really difficult.  It is just time consuming.  Pick up a Haynes manual and they will give you a step by step with pics in doing this.

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How do you replace the lower ball joints on a 2000 windstar?


According to Autozone.com, you must replace the whole control arm. Here is their procedure:
NOTE do not begin the removal procedure unless a new strut-to-lower arm nut, a new ball joint pinch bolt/nut and a new lower arm-to-front subframe bolt/nut are available.

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    NOTE
    Do not use a hammer to separate the ball joint from the front wheel hub and spindle.



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  2. Place the steering wheel in the unlocked position.
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    Remove and discard the lower arm-to-front subframe bolt and nutRemove the lower arm from the vehicleTo install:
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    2. Clean the lower arm strut threads to remove dirt and contamination.
    3. Install the dished washer with the dished side away from the lower arm rear strut bushing.
    4. Install the front suspension lower arm strut-to-strut nut and tighten to 85-97 ft. lbs. (115-142 Nm).
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Have had to replace ball joints 3 times on my 97 lumina, any ideas why


Always use original parts instead of aftermarket products.Original parts cost bit extra,but they are exact fit and last longer.Click this link below to troubleshoot the issue :----Upper Ball Joints inspection and replacement? http://howtobyme.blogspot.in/2012/02/upper-ball-joints-inspection-and.html How to Test Upper and Lower Ball Joint? http://repairhelpcenter.blogspot.com/2011/12/how-to-test-lower-ball-joint.html How to inspect Upper and Lower Ball joint? http://repairhelpcenter.blogspot.com/2011/12/how-to-inspect-lower-ball-joint.html How to Service Ball Joints on Car? http://repairhelpcenter.blogspot.com/2011/12/how-to-service-lower-ball-joints-on-car.html How to Replace Ball joints? http://repairhelpcenter.blogspot.com/2011/12/how-to-replace-lower-ball-joints.html Lower Ball Joints replacing on car? http://howtobyme.blogspot.in/2012/02/lower-ball-joints-replacing-on.html
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Replacement Front Suspension, Lower Ball Joint 2000 Ford Taurus SE ,what all has to removed to replace the lower ball joint?


The easiest way is too remove the whole knuckle and remove the joint on a bench. The Ball Joint is in the knuckle, not in the lower control arm. Try to not break pinch bolt on lower strut clamp. Hope this helps.. :-) Cobra

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I have a 97 thunderbird V8. I bought the ball joint for it but i need to know how to replace it myself. It is the lower ball joint on the passenger side.


Hi, to make the process much more simple you will need to rent, buy, barrow a ball joint press. this tool set will make the job 10 times easier. you can rent these sets from advance auto parts and return them to get all of your money back, its pretty nifty. with the tool you will be able to press the ball joint out and back in. first and foremost put the cars subframe on a jackstand so the car doesnt fall on you in the middle of the job. next remove the cotter pin out of the ball joint and tie rod nuts. then remove the tie rod end nut and remove the tie rod from the spindle, then remove the ball joint nut and separate the lower control arm by prying the control arm down, then use a bungee cord to hold the strut/spindle out of the way, then use the ball joint tool to remove and replace the ball joint. Putting it back together is just the reverse of taking it apart.

May 19, 2010 | 1997 Ford Thunderbird LX

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I need information on my daughters 1998 Ford Mustang on replacing ball joints.ie on part numbers and how to do the job. Maybe a front suspension illustration with nomenclature of the different parts and...


1998 Ford Mustang 3.8L SFI 6cyl

Visit autozone.com (free register) for details like this...
Lower Ball Joints

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Fig. 1: When inspecting the lower ball joints, make sure the checking surface protrudes outside the cover

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Fig. 2: Use a C-clamp and adapters to press the ball joint out of the lower control arm

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Fig. 3: Use the C-clamp, cup and replacer tools to press the new ball joint into the lower control arm until it is fully seated in its bore

Hope help you with this, good luck (remember rated this help).

Sep 25, 2009 | 1998 Ford Mustang

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Ball joint replacement-2003 Ford Sport Trac


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REPLACING LOWER BALL JOINTS ON 2000 FORD F250 4X4 7.3L DIESEL


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How to remove ball joints


Ball joints are pressed in, so you have to use a press of some sort to get them out. If you don't have that, you can use a dremmel to cut the old one out, but be EXTREMELY careful, if you do this wrong, there won't be enough pressure for the new universal joint to sit in there properly. Getting to it is fairly simple, Pull off tire and remove the brake components off of the wheel, pull the bolt out of the lower/upper ball joint, and once the steering knuckle is free of the ball joint, have at it using whichever means you choose to get the old one out.

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