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How to replace the lower control arm bushings/bearing on 2003 ford escape

Nothing so far,but it looks bent where it attach to the fire wall and the brakes make a noise when applied.

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Just buy the whole control arm assembly , only $80. it will have a new ball joint and the two other rubber bushings installed. you just jack the car up by the frame until the strut is fully extended. loosen the ball joint clamp bolt and a couple of hits with a sledge will free it from the hub, The other two bolts to the body will be tough but they will free up with a johnson bar or an impact driver. the big one is a 25mm most folks wont have it in their tool box. use a jack safety stand to hold the car up and have the parking brake on, as you will need the jack later to raise the lower control arm new ball joint back into the hub, a good mechanic will be done this in 15 minutes. you will probably not even need an alignment.

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SOURCE: Front end problems

You have mentioned everything except the one thing that most early 89-93 tbirds had and could happen to the newer tbirds:the Strut bar bushings, although they are thinner on the later years the fact remains that they also will fail.

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SOURCE: suspension noise

sway links

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SOURCE: what is the bar or rod called that is on the

The rods that connect the K-member (subframe) to the lower control arms are called "strut rods". Your local auto parts store should carry the bushings.

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1. Raise vehicle on hoist, and support upper control arm. 2. Remove wheel and tire assembly. 3. Mark position of upper eccentric camber bolts. 4. Remove upper ball joint spindle nut and pinch bolt, 5. Separate lower ball joint from spindle. 6. Remove nuts and camber bolts attaching lower control arm-to-frame, 7. Remove lower control arm. 8. Place control arm in vise, press ball joint out with ball joint press. --------After ball joint has been pressed out install new ball joint with the words "install inboard" facing toward the inboard side of control arm. Incorrect installation may cause damage to the ball joint .Install ball joint boot with words "install inboard" towards the inboard side of control arm. Install lower control arm.Align upper eccentric camber bolts with marks made during removal. To complete installation, reverse removal procedure. Tighten bolts and nuts to specification. Then check wheel alignment. ------------- Remove the camber bolts and readjust the setting till it gets proper . ------------

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SOURCE: ford aerostar 1994 3.0 Rear

Here is advance auto parts replacement part number at thier web site, you did not say if you wanted manufactured part or after market. Hope this helps.

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