Question about 2003 Ford Ranger Regular Cab
The front, upper ball joint on the Ranger is replaced as an assemble with the entire control arm
Here are the instructions from my service manual...
Raise vehicle on hoist, and support lower control arm. Remove wheel and tire assembly. On models with coil spring suspension, remove brake disc shield. Mark position of upper control arm adjustment cams for installation. Use a suitable jack to support front suspension lower arm.
On all models, remove upper ball joint-to-spindle retaining nut and pinch bolt and separate upper ball joint from spindle
On models with coil spring suspension, remove nuts and cam bolts attaching upper control arm to frame, and remove upper control arm. On models with torsion bar suspension, remove upper suspension arm bolts and nuts. Remove front suspension arm.
On vehicles with coil spring suspension, install right upper control arm, aligning marks made during removal on upper control arm adjustment cams. Lower control arm forward pivot bolts must be tightened first with lower control arm at normal ride height.
On all models, complete installation by reversing removal procedure. Tighten remaining bolts and nuts to specification.
Before driving vehicle, pump brake pedal several times to restore normal pedal position. Vehicles with torsion bar suspension, inspect front end ride height.
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Posted on Apr 23, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
The dealer's answer (if you are interested).......
The ball joint is pressed into the upper control arm and has a tapered stud for attachment to the steering knuckle. The ball joint stud is attached and locked into the steering knuckle using a special nut. The ball joint is a sealed-for-life type and requires no maintenance. If the ball joint is defective it will require replacement of the entire upper control arm.
Posted on Jun 20, 2008
SOURCE: Remove Upper/Lower Ball Joints
The only way is to press them out with a press, and press the new ones in. I have seen people try to press them out with a vise and a socket against the balljoint and it did not work, a local machine shop or repair shop should have a press.
Posted on Oct 13, 2008
its easier to get the whole control arm and the lower one has to be pressed in. it is not and easy job if you dont have the right tools checkout rockauto.com to look at the replacement parts and to get a price on them
Posted on Mar 31, 2009
to remove the axles, remove brake caliper and disc, remove hub assembly, the center hub/axle nut and...(there are i think 3-4 bolts on the back side of the spindle to remove the hub), you may have to force the hub off the spindle with a hammer or air hammer... once the hub is out the axle should slide out of the front differential allowing access to the ball joint nuts for removal...
Posted on Jun 12, 2009
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