Question about 2004 Ford Freestar
I am about to change the lower ball joint on my freestar and it comes as a one piece unit with the control arm. is there any special procedures that i should be watching for? i have looked for a video on youtube but found nothing. can you direct me?
The lower ball joint original is riveted into the lower control arm. If you can get to the lower control arm with a drill then the rivets can be drilled out and the joint removed . I find it quicker to remove the lower arm and do the job in a vice on the bench. Replacement ball joints will come with grade 8 bolts ( auto engineering quality) and will simply bolt into place using the holes for the rivets. So the procedure will be to jack the vehicle and place securely on jack stands. remove the wheel, remove the ball joint nut and using a ball joint removing tool drive the ball joint taper out of the support arm ( strut) Remove the inner pivot bolt ( remember to note the position of the lock washer as it is encentric and alters the wheel alignment) put the arm in a vice and carry on.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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
You can replace them seperately,but they need pressed out and in. Other methods of removing and installing likely will damage control arm.
Posted on Apr 23, 2009
U CAN REPLACE JUST THE BALL JOINT OR THEY COME WITH THE ARMS.DEPENDING ON MECHANICAL ABILITY AND TOOLS IT IS MUCH SIMPLER TO REPLACE THE ARMS
Posted on May 06, 2009
yes you can fix it and it is easy. i just finished doing the job and it took me under 3 hours. rent the tool from (ball joint presser) from a local auto parts place. make sure you get the kit with a lot of accessories. you dont have to take off the control arm. once you initially unseat it it moves out easily. you might have to readjust the tool if it bottoms out.
Posted on Jul 20, 2009
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Posted on Dec 22, 2009
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