Question about 1997 Ford Thunderbird LX
Most likely it is you CV-Joint, it is a good idea to change out both sides. it is also cheeper to put a whole new axel in vs rebuid. does it do it worse while making sharp turns? thats the issue- if it gets too bad the axel can snap and the wheel can fall into the fireing wall leaving you stranded.
Posted on Nov 25, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Both above answers are not right... I just replaced the Pass side power mirror assembly on my 97 Expedition. No heat, no directional.
The inside door panel must come off.
1. pry off interior triangular plastic trim piece inside of door at mirror area. Remove door panel screw at this area.
2. Pry off power window switch panel and remove door panel screw at this area.
3.Remove interior door light cover and remove screw at this area.
4. Remove plastic cover at door handle.
5. The interior door panel can now be lifted up to release it from it's fasteners.
6. Disconnect light and push power window switch assembly through the door panel and it can be set aside.
7. Disconnect mirror power at coupler.
8 Loosen three mirror mounting screws with 7/16 socket. DO NOT unscrew completely.. the will fall down the door cavity. Use a round magnet on holder to remove the screws completely.
9.Thread electrical connection into door panel and install mirror.
10. Smile when mirror works and drink a beer!
Posted on Jan 07, 2009
Turn on interior lamps and watch lamps while working switch, if lamps dim and no noise is heard in door ( like crunching sound) you need to replace window motor, if noise is heard you have a failed window regulator.Lights do not dim you may have a bad switch. You can also try to hit in center of door panel to see if window will start working which also means bad motor. Hope this helps.
Posted on Jul 26, 2009
Hi, to make the process much more simple you will need to rent, buy, barrow a ball joint press. this tool set will make the job 10 times easier. you can rent these sets from advance auto parts and return them to get all of your money back, its pretty nifty. with the tool you will be able to press the ball joint out and back in. first and foremost put the cars subframe on a jackstand so the car doesnt fall on you in the middle of the job. next remove the cotter pin out of the ball joint and tie rod nuts. then remove the tie rod end nut and remove the tie rod from the spindle, then remove the ball joint nut and separate the lower control arm by prying the control arm down, then use a bungee cord to hold the strut/spindle out of the way, then use the ball joint tool to remove and replace the ball joint. Putting it back together is just the reverse of taking it apart.
Posted on May 19, 2010
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