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Do I have to remove the control arm to replace the half shaft on a 2005 Ford Freestar?

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No, here's the procedure for 2002 windstar, should be similar. please rate, thanks.

NOTE: This procedure applies to both the LH and RH halfshaft assemblies.

  1. Raise and support the vehicle. For additional information, refer to Section 100-02 .
  1. Remove the front wheel and tire assembly. For additional information, refer to Section 204-04 .
  1. Insert a steel rod in the brake disc to prevent the halfshaft from turning while removing the front axle wheel end nut.
  1. Do I have to remove the control arm to replace the - s2w~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif CAUTION: The front axle wheel end nut is a torque prevailing design nut. Do not reuse it.
    Remove the nut and washer.
    • Remove the steel rod in the brake disc.
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    Remove the bolts and position the disc brake caliper aside.
  1. Remove the front brake anti-lock sensor harness from the clip.
  1. Remove and discard the nut and bolt.
    • If necessary, use a punch and a hammer to drive the bolt oDo I have to remove the control arm to replace the - s2w~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif
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        Separate the front suspension lower arm from the knuckle.
      1. s2w~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif CAUTION: Never use a hammer to separate the front wheel driveshaft joint (3B413) from the wheel hub. Damage to the joint threads and internal components can result.
        Using the special tool, press on the front wheel driveshaft joint until it is loose in the wheel hub.
      1. Rotate the front wheel knuckle rearward, while pulling it outward at the bottom and remove Do I have to remove the control arm to replace the - s2w~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gifhe wheel hub.
      1. Using a pry bar, separate the inboard CV joint housing assembly (3B436) (3B437) from the transaxle.
      1. s2w~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif CAUTION: Do not damage the differential seal.
        Remove the halfshaft assembly with both hands.
      Do I have to remove the control arm to replace the - s2w~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif class="h_mi">Lubricate the differential seal.
      • Use MERCON® V Automatic Transmission Fluid XT-5-QM or equivalent meeting MERCON® V specifications.
  1. s2w~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif CAUTION: Install a new circlip every time you remove the halfshaft from the vehicle.
  2. Start one end in the groove and work the circlip over the shaft and into the groove. This will prevent the circlip from over-expanding.
  1. s2w~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif CAUTION: Do not damage the inboard CV joint housing assembly and the differential seal.
    NOTE: If necessary, use a non-metallic mallet to aid in seating the circlip in the differential side gear groove (RH) or inboard CV joint housing (LH). Tap only on the outboard front wheel driveshaft joint.
    Align the inboard CV joint housing splines with the differential side gear splines (RH) or output shaft splines (LH), and push the inboard CV joint housing assembly inward until the circlip seats in the differential side gear (RH) or inboard CV joint housing (LH).
  1. Align the front wheel driveshaft joint splinDo I have to remove the control arm to replace the - s2w~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gifthe joint into the wheel hub as far as possible.
  1. Install the washer and the old nut. Using the old nut, seat the front wheel driveshaft joint in the hub. Remove the old nut and discard it.
  1. Connect the suspension lower arm to the knuckle.
  1. s2w~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif CAUTION: Install aDo I have to remove the control arm to replace the - s2w~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gife new bolt and nut.
  1. Insert a steel rod in the brake disc to prevent the halfshaft from turning while installing the new front axle wheel end nut.
  1. Apply a small patch of Loctite 242 or equivalent meeting Ford specification WSK-M2G351-A5 to the last five front wheel driveshaft joint threads.
  1. s2w~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif CAUTION: Install and tighten the new front axle wheel end nut to specification in a continuous rotation. Stopping the rotation during installation will cause the nylon lock to set incorrectly. This will cause incorrect torque readings while tightening the nut, and lead to bearing failure. Always install a new front axle wheel end nut after loosening the nut, or when the nut has not been installed to specification in a continuous rotation.
    Install and tighten the new nut to specification in a continuous rotation.
    • Remove the steel rod from the brake disc.
  1. Position the disc brake caliper and install the bolts.
  1. Install the front brake anti-lock sensor harness in the clip.
  1. Install the wheel and tire assembly. For additional information, refer to Section 204-04 .
  1. Lower the vehicle.
  1. Check and, if necessary, fill the transaxle to the correct level with the specified fluid. For additional information, refer to Section 307-01 .

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