Question about 1989 Ford F 150
Remove brakin system(caliper pads rotor) then disconnect outer tie rod, remove cotter pins on both ball joint nuts and remove nuts, then separate hub from i-beam, on the bench remove spring clip holing ball joint and press out, press in new joint and install hub in reverse order of dissassembly, apply grease to axle regrease bearings and caliper sliders, you will need a ball joint separator and a ball joint press, use new cotter pins
Posted on Sep 16, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: ball joints
first of all you will need a balljoint press and a hub nut socket then you just have to remove the lockout and hub to pull out the axle to get to the ball joint and you alway replace upper and lower at the same time.
Posted on Aug 25, 2008
It's a bit of a job especially if you live in the north where road salt is a factor. You have to remove the brake calipers, then lock-out, then the hub, (special tool required). Then the spindle, which is usually rusted in and can be a bugger. Disconnect the tie rod, (picklefork required) or stike the arm from the side with a big hammer, this flexes the taper just enough to make the tie rod end pop out of the arm. Then you can pull the axel out to gain access to the nut for the lower ball joint, loosen the nut but don't take it all the way off. Remove the top ball joint nut, now using your big hammer stike the lower part of spindle support from the side as close as possible to the lower ball joint, here again you want to flex the taper and make the joint pop out. You will have to do the same on the top ball joint and work back and forth between the two. The top one usually comes apart easy be careful not to damage the adjusting cam on the top ball joint. Once you have the spindle support removed you need to press the ball joints out, there is a special tool that like a big "C" clamp that wiil push the old ones out and the new ones in. Good luck!
Posted on Nov 09, 2009
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