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My ball joint poped in my 1994 Mercury Cougar, 2 door coupe. How do I repair, and estimate cost.

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If you can't do it yourself which is a good sized job, you will have to take it in and the cost for lower ball joints at a garage will run about $800 and up. If you can do it yourself it would cost around $60. You will have to take off:
2. Brakes and rotor and caliper
3. Tie rod end (use a fork tool to loosen)
4. unbolt bottom ball joint ( use fork tool to loosen parts)
5. Unbolt strut from wheel spindle
6. If you don't have a ball joint tool go to and Auto parts store and rent the tool to take the ball joint out.
7.Reverse the procedure when putting back together.
8. Sometimes it takes a little muscle to put them in if you don't have a press.
9. take your time and do it right. EST.. 4 hr plus if you never did it before.

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Replace the lower control arm. control arm costs 60.00-90.00 bucks and 200.00 apprx. on labor.
do you have a friend or relative. that can get this done for you ?

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