Question about 1996 Ford Thunderbird LX
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: repair lower ball joints
The front lower ball joints are pressed into the steering knuckle. Once the brake components are removed, the CV shaft nut and tie rod ends can be removed. Remove the front strut bolts, and the lower ball joint nut. Separate the lower arm from the ball joint. Once the knuckle assembly is off the car remove the lower joint snap ring and dust boot. Utilizing a ball joint press (should be able to rent from local parts store) press the joint out of the knuckle. Re-installation is naturally reverse of removal. I hope this helps.
Posted on Nov 22, 2008
Approx.$250 in parts & rest is labor. Probably 3 to 4 hrs labor at most, even at 5 hrs labor, that's $100/hr labor. It must include alignment after the repairs, correct? Not sure what your going rate for labor is in your area. Probably wouldn't hurt to call around for a second opinion& estimate just to be sure.
Posted on Dec 21, 2008
SOURCE: replace lower ball joints
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.
Posted on Mar 07, 2009
hello,yes you do have to take the hub off to replace the ball joint with the ball joint being on the back side of the hub. hope this helps and please rate this.
Posted on Mar 15, 2009
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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