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

How do you change lower ball joints on 2001 Ford Expedition?

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    blueextc3221 May 11, 2010

    The lower ball joint is an integral part of the lower control arm and is not a serviceable component. Replacement of the ball joint requires replacing the lower control arm.



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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

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