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09 Ford Escape, Is it possible to replace CV joint without disconnecting the strut mount fom the seering knuckle? I ask because I managed to do it on 92 Pontiac Transport and curious if I can repeat the trick on this Escape.

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Some vehicle s you can and others you cannot . It depends on the length of the axle from the cv joint as to be able to get it out of the stub section.. Sometimes removing the steering rod ball joint may allow extra turn of the wheel to pull it out but I doubt it.. Any workshop manual will tell the story.

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    09escape Apr 22, 2014

    Bill, Thanks for concise answer. But manuals are not very accurate. In many cases I replaced parts by simpler way than the manual describe. If I rise the vehicle front and lock steering wheel in very Left position I have a HUGE swing on the right strut. I'll try to disconnect the strut top mount plate if it limits the movement. I avoid the alignment because it is the only think I can't do by mayself. I take a risk of slight misalignment conciously. It shall not happen if I mark the top mount nuts exact position, put the ball joint stud where it was and I do not touch the tie rod end, correct? Will the stabiliser link reattachment be a bad factor?

  • Bill Boyd Apr 23, 2014

    you will get more movement if you disconnect the bottom ball joint as this will allow yoy to pull the strut out and of the drive shaft when on full lock. You may get extra movement if you disconnect the steering ball joint as well . If you just remove the ball joints out of the arms then there will be no altering of the alignment on re-assembly.

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    09escape Apr 23, 2014

    Bill, thanks, we are on same page, of course I plan to disengage the lower ball joint stud from the knuckle "clamp". I'll post the outcome in a week or two.

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    09escape May 03, 2014

    I istalled the seat repair kit. Used spring compressors, I would benefit from a single hook on every side compressors (not with double hooks) Double one hardly fits. The bushing had same ID size as in repair kit, I had no special puller and I leaved it as it was. No steering rod joint disconnect was required, only the lower ball joint. Took 7 hours but this work is new and I had improper tools. I can't find the "solved" button, only "was helpful"



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