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1997 ford thunderbird front end rattling noise on bumps

Already changed strut supports, upper A arms and can't get lower ball joint to show play.

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  • paulwillywil May 11, 2010

    have you tried anti roll bar bushes?

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SOURCE: Front end problems

You have mentioned everything except the one thing that most early 89-93 tbirds had and could happen to the newer tbirds:the Strut bar bushings, although they are thinner on the later years the fact remains that they also will fail.

see if you can get the Moog brand (problem solver)

Posted on Sep 18, 2008

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SOURCE: Replacing Ball Joints on 2001 Mazda B2500 (upper and lower)

its easier to get the whole control arm and the lower one has to be pressed in. it is not and easy job if you dont have the right tools checkout rockauto.com to look at the replacement parts and to get a price on them

Posted on Mar 31, 2009

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SOURCE: How do you change upper and lower ball joints on 2001 Ford Expedition?

i am not going to lie to you on this. if you do not have a very good mechanical back ground you should not attemp this procedure your self because it could result in serious injury. it should be brought to a shop because they do have the right tools to do this. alot of the time ball joints are pressed in under extream amounts of pressure

Posted on Apr 21, 2009

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SOURCE: Can you replace the lower ball joints in the control arms

You can replace them seperately,but they need pressed out and in. Other methods of removing and installing likely will damage control arm.

Posted on Apr 23, 2009

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SOURCE: Upper and lower ball joint replacement

to remove the axles, remove brake caliper and disc, remove hub assembly, the center hub/axle nut and...(there are i think 3-4 bolts on the back side of the spindle to remove the hub), you may have to force the hub off the spindle with a hammer or air hammer... once the hub is out the axle should slide out of the front differential allowing access to the ball joint nuts for removal...

Posted on Jun 12, 2009

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