Question about 2000 Ford Expedition
You can rent a ball joint press at autozone and you will need this for sure.ask them about instructions they will give them to you.
Posted on Feb 01, 2009
My name is Mike. Conventional tools aren't very effective, are they? There is a tool made specifically for ball joint removal called a Ball Joint Removal Fork. It works so well you won't be able to resist rating this solution a FixYa.
It can be found at any auto parts store for under $15.00. You will also need a hand held sledge hammer.
It looks like a tuning fork, two tine and much more robust. From the side, it's wedge shaped to separate the ball joint as you hammer it on.
Ball joint attachments are slightly cone shaped to fit snugly into their counter parts. Sometimes, too snugly.
Make sure you wear proper eye protection and don't whack your own hand when doing this. Be careful.
After removing the cotter pin and nut, insert the fork between the ball joint and the connecting rod. Lightly at first, start whacking it with the sledge. Build up power as you get a feel for it.
Sometimes it will come loose with one shot.
Sometimes, it will take quite a few hits.
It will come loose though. Be patient.
When putting the new one in, you only need to tighten the nut (no hammering). Don't forget the lubrication zerk and cotter pin on the nut.
Hope this helps you out.
Posted on Jan 31, 2009
If not bolts holding then they usually need to be pressed out & In.
Posted on Jan 31, 2009
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The lower control arm is a two-piece welded unit with a riveted ball joint. A conventional rubber bushing is used for the rear lower control arm pivot. The front lower control arm bushing is mounted vertically.
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION
Some special tools are required to perform this operation including, a front hub spindle removal tool and a suitable ball joint separator tool.
WARNING Do not hammer or pry ball joint from knuckle. Failure to use recommended tools may cause damage to the ball joint and seal.
See Figure 1
Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the control arm-to-frame mounting
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