Question about 2002 Ford Mustang
Put a BURR on it or jack it up to make it tight then do it up!
Posted on Jul 18, 2009
You didn't indicate which ball joint, Upper or Lower. But that's okay, I'll answer for both!
Upper ball joint:
1.Use a small floor jack under the lower A-Arm. This keeps the spindle, (Hub), from moving down. Now use a bar to put force down on the upper A-Arm. I use a large pry bar with a rubber handle, that is about 3-1/2 feet long. I realize not everyone has one of these babies just laying around. (I work on heavy wheeled vehicles for the Army. 5-Ton, PLS, Hemmit, etc.) You'll need some sort of long pry bar to put pressure down on the upper A-Arm. This forces the tapered part of the ball joint into the tapered hole of the spindle, and keeps it from spinning. Make sure the tapered part of the
ball joint is clean, as well as the tapered hole in the spindle. NO oil, No grease, No dirt.
2.Lower ball joint. Just using the jack will force the A-Arm up, until it puts pressure against the ball joint. When the car starts to lift up, STOP! Bring it down just a little. You want your vehicle to be safely supported by those
jack stands, you put underneath the frame on both sides. Lifting the car up off the jack stands is a recipe for disaster! If the ball joint still spins, then the threads of the ball joint, and/or the threads of the nut are damaged.
Use a thread die, and a tap to dress these threads.
Tips for safety from me!
When working on the ball joints Do Not sit on the tire you have removed!
Squat next to your work. Make a plan in your mind on where you will go, should the vehicle start to fall. Yeah, "I know it will never happen," has crushed many a mechanic! You can always replace parts, or the entire car. YOU can NEVER be replaced!
Have a helper help you if possible. If nothing else, the helper can be observant of what is going on around you. With your head under the fender, it may be too late to jump out of the way. The helper can also put the pressure on the bar, as you tighten the ball joint nut.
Posted on Jul 18, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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