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How to change lower ball joint on 95 mercury cougar...do you have to take lower countrol arm off to get ball joint out?

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I would replace the whole control arm because the bushing are probably worn out too and it's easier than pressing out the ball joints. make sure you have a spring compressor tool when you do this or you could get seriously injured

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How to replace left control arm on 99 mercury cougar


Here's what I found on Yahoo answers:
For the driver's side: yes, you will have to raise the motor.
On all models, remove the front motor mount, Mark the position of the right engine mount, remove 3 right engine to mount bolts. remove one right engine mount to body nut. On all models hold the strut shaft with an 8 mm allen wrench, loosen top retaining nut 5 turns. Raise vehicle, remove ball joint to steering knuckle pinch bolt. seperate control arm ball joints from steering knuckle. Do NOT damage ball joint seal. Remove pinch bolt attaching steering knuckle to strut. Slide steering knuckle up on strut, Move transaxle to gain access to control arm nuts and bolts. remove 2 nuts and bolts and attaching control arm to subframe. Lifting up control arm remove.
Now this to mark the motor mount because you are supposed to use a powertrain alignment guage when putting back together. if not you can bind the motor in the unibody and make for a shaky ride.
that drivers side lower control arm calls for 4.3 hours where as the passenger side calls for 1.3 hours. So you can see what your in for.
BTW these instructions are taken straight from the Ford repair manual.

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Jan 02, 2013 | 1999 Mercury Cougar

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Control arm removal


Take the wheel off, secure strut to lower frame with a strong piece of rope, place a jack under the sway bar, jack up slightly, that will hold the strut from lowering anymore via the link from the sway arm to the strut (reason for the rope securing the strut is it will swing out towards you when the lower control arm is removed), saturate all the bolts with a good penatrating oil [Liquid Wrench = Good Stuff] remove the nut from the lower ball joint stud, spray on more penatrating oil where stud goes through spindle, hit the spindle with a good size hammer where the ball joint stud goes through the spindle (always hit what it goes through), give it several hard sharp raps from the sides, then hit downward on the lower control arm with hammer, most of the time the stud will come right out, if not, put nut back on ball joint stud just until the stud is flush with the top of the nut, since you can not hit directly on the top of stud, get a good sized wrench to go across the stud and hit downward on either side of the wrench, holding other end with your other hand, if the ball joint does not come out now, hit the spindle from the sides some more HARD, then hit downward on control arm, if it still does not come loose you will have to get (or rent) a spreader (Pickle Fork) to separate the ball joint from the spindle, then remove the two bolts from the lower frame, slide lower control arm out.

Sep 11, 2012 | 2000 Mercury Cougar

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How to replace a lower ball joint on 2004 mercury mountaineer?


Remove the brake caliper by removing the two bolts that connect it to the steering knuckle. Remove the lower ball joint cotter pin and retaining nut. Pry the steering knuckle up and away from the lower ball joint. Unscrew the grease fitting from the bottom of the lower control arm. Press the lower ball joint out of the control arm using a ball joint remover set.
Press the lower ball joint into the control arm using a ball joint installation tool. Remove the block of wood supporting the upper control arm. Install a new cotter pin through the ball joint stud.Install the grease fitting on the bottom of the ball joint. Use a c-clamp to push the piston back into the brake caliper. Reinstall the wheel assembly. Here you can find the quality parts http://www.buyautoparts.com/steering_system.htm

Aug 29, 2011 | Mercury Mountaineer Cars & Trucks

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How to change driver side control arm


Take the wheel out, undo steering tierod end from hub, undo the bottom ball joint under the hub and lever the control arm down with a lever bar or pry bar and move away the hub from ball joint. You can now undo the control arm from the subframe.
Some models have 3 bolts on the control arm that separates ball joint, you can undo them as well without touching the ball joint. But most of them have rivets instead of bolts.

Dec 27, 2010 | 2000 Mercury Cougar

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How to install upper ball joint


  1. jack up car -remove tire
  2. support car on stands
  3. put jack under lower control arm with a little pressure
  4. remove carterpin-remove castle nut on top ball joint
  5. let jack down but dont remove yet!
  6. if the ball jiont didnt seperate from spindle pry or hit with hammer or you can get balljiont seperater tool
  7. after get loose go ahead let jack on down - very slow - spring under pressure dangerous but if let jack down easy it will be fine
  8. if ball joint has rivets grind or cut off w/air chesil the rivets ;new will have bolts.
  9. after balljoint is on just replace in reverse order.
  10. (just jack up lower control arm til top balljoint is in place)

Nov 12, 2010 | 1989 Mercury Cougar

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How do u replace the lower ball joint on a mecury cougar 93


Some auto parts stores rent tools which you will need. A ball joint press is what you need to press them out

May 03, 2010 | 1997 Mercury Cougar XR7

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2000 mountaineer i know the upper and lower ball joints are bad also the sway bar links.can i change just the ball joints or do i have to change the whole control arm with them Thanks Rob


Try Autozone or Oreillys for the parts. If they list them you can do just the ball joints. I had the same story with my 2002 Mercury. The dealer parts guys told me the "A" arms were 1 piece with the joint; yet the shop manager in the same dealership told me the balljoints are separate.
I had no problem in getting just the joints nor did the alignment shop I ended up with.

They swaybar links are aftermarket too.

Jan 12, 2010 | 2000 Mercury Mountaineer

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1997 mercury cougar pulls to the left when braking. i put on new tires new brake new rotors, and new calipers. thank you, tim


this car needs the lower ball joints checked for excessive play, when pressing the brake pedal the excess play is transferred to the weakest point. the ball joint can be pressed out of the lower control arm or purchased new as a new control arm.

Jul 31, 2009 | 1997 Mercury Cougar XR7

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My ball joint poped in my 1994 Mercury Cougar, 2 door coupe. How do I repair, and estimate cost.


replace the lower control arm. control arm costs 60.00-90.00 bucks and 200.00 apprx. on labor.
do you have a friend or relative. that can get this done for you ?


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Apr 19, 2009 | 1994 Mercury Cougar

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