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Replace lower ball joints on a 1997 taurus - 2001 Ford Taurus

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  • lifer3 Jul 27, 2009

    i'm sorry but i need to remove the old ball joint and reinstall the new one.

    my vehicle does not break down like your video.

    i've removed the spindle nut for the cv joint and removed the ball joint nut but my old ball joint will not clear the cv joint.

    your video shows removal but not replacement?

    do i need to remove the adjustment bar with the nut on it?

    and the stabilizer bar? to push back the cv housing that has the the rubber boot on it to protect the joint?

    please help me i'll do whatever you say .

    and by the way it's a car not a truck!!



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It has to be pressed out. OTC makes a tool that adapts a standard ball joint press to be usable. You will have to remove the spindle (pull the half-axle out) to gain access...The OTC part number is: OTC 8032. It sells for about $60 If you have a ball joint C press you can use this adapter.
It is very tight in this Ford. The Ford spindle that you are pressing it out of is aluminum, so I would suggest you use this adapter to press it "just right".

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Please follow this procedure to replace lower ball joints on your 1997 Ford Taurus:

  1. Secure the truck using a floor jack and set of jack stands. Make sure the front end of the truck is secure by placing the jack stands in the middle of the frame, do not use the control arms as you will be working in that area. Do a shake test to make sure the truck is secure.
  2. Remove the wheel by first breaking all the lug nuts free, then removing them and lifting off the wheel. Place these items out of you way in an accessible place for use in re-installation later. Make sure they are not in an area that will cause them to be lost or damaged.
  3. Notice the lower ball joint stud is convex and the spindle is concave; they fit together in what's called a mechanical weld. Even after the nut is removed, the ball joint will not come out without breaking the mechanical weld.
  4. Slide a pickle fork onto the back side of the mechanical weld and hammer it through until the weld comes free. It takes quite a bit of hammering to do this, but once the weld is broken, you can step down on the spindle to free the lower ball joint and remove it.

Also, please check this Video Demonstration for replacing lower ball joints on Ford Taurus.

Please do accept the solution if the issue is resolved or else revert for further assistance.


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