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Can't get replacement ball joints to fit in 94 ford van. Tried freezing them for 30 minutes but still won't fit. I've made sure these are the correct ball joints.

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  • fivehappymil Apr 24, 2010

    New ball joints on 94 ford econoline are ribbed parts that fits into the housing and won't allow it to go in. Original ball joints were smooth.

  • fivehappymil Apr 24, 2010

    Doing the bottom. Have tried using the weight of the vehicle and 4ton jack press with no luck. They are not even going in.



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Hi, my name is Ben. If you are doing the upper ball joints, there is a special tool. If you are doing the lower ball joints you can usually use a jack and the weight of the vehicle to press the new ball joint in. These ball joints are a pressed in fit and very tight. Are you doing the top or bottom , or both?

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    BeninVa Apr 24, 2010

    Hi, if you are ABSOLUTELY sure you have the right size for your vehicle try this. With the jack under the ball joint and weight pressing down put the nut on and tighten it as much as you can. The combination of tightening and downward force should eventually "seat" the new ball joint. It's not a quick easy fix but it is possible. Your only other choice is to remove the control arm and take it to a shop and have it pressed in.


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For 1994 Ford E-250 Econoline, sub-models:
1994: Base; 6 Cyl 4.9L; "GAS, FI, VIN Y"
1994: Base; 8 Cyl 5.8L; "GAS, FI, VIN H"
1994: XL; 6 Cyl 4.9L; "GAS, FI, VIN Y" 1994: XL; 8 Cyl 5.8L; "GAS, FI, VIN H"
(see Figures 1 and 2)

  1. Remove the wheel spindle and ball joint assembly from the axle.
The lower ball joint must always be removed first. DO NOT heat the ball joint or spindle!
  1. Remove the snapring from the ball joints. Assemble the C-frame assembly T74P-4635-C and receiver cup D81T-3010-A, or equivalents, on the upper ball joint. Turn the forcing screw clockwise until the ball joint is removed from the axle.
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Fig. 1: Use the tools as illustrated to remove the lower ball joint
  1. Repeat Step 2 on the upper ball joint.
To install:

The upper ball joint must be installed first.
  1. To install the lower ball joint, assemble the C-frame with ball joint receiver cup D81T-3010-A5 and installation cup D81T-3010-A1, and turn the forcing screw clockwise until the ball joint is seated. DO NOT heat the ball joint to aid in installation!
  2. Install the snapring onto the ball joint.
  3. Install the lower ball joint in the same manner as the upper ball joint.
  4. Install the spindle assembly.

Fig. 2: Install the lower ball joint on the spindle

Hope this help to solve it.

Posted on Apr 24, 2010


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