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How to replace the lower ball joints on a 96 ford taurus GL?

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    replacement of lower ball joints on a ford taurus GL?

  • Anonymous Oct 03, 2008

    the ball joint on this year taurus is pressed into the steering knucle, not into the control arm.

  • the1me Mar 02, 2009

    i have a 2000 ford taurus and i need to change out the strut it says i need to remove pretty much every thing the one and only thing i cant get is the ball joint so if any body knows how to change with out removing the ball joint then please let me know or if you have an easy way to remove the ball joint dont hesitate to let me know thank you

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  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    i change the ball joints syill have a knock in it if i turn it to left or right

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Ford states that you should replace the entire knuckle, however since I'm an Engineer (Mechanical and Electronic) and basically cannot stand other Engineers (they are usually full of themselves) I look at things a different way. I had the same problem and since I'm a bit lazy in my old age, I hired 2 different road mechanics to replace the ball joints on my 1998 Taurus SE. Both of them beat themselves silly with hammers to try to remove the old ones with no success. (They gave up & stated that Ithey would have to replace the entire knuckle assempby. I sent them on their way. (this was 2 seperate occasions a day apart). (they both also claimed ASE certified) The next day I went to Auto Zone, purchased the new ball joints and did it myself. After removing the hardware (nuts, snap rings, etc) I got out my air chisel. Had them BOTH out in about 3 minutes. Good luck. The entire job took me less than an hour. Good luck!!

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Those balljoints are press fit,and there are special tools used,along with a hydraulic/mechanical press.There is a pretty thick piece of steel tube that is just exactly,slightly larger than the ball joint diameter used.The control arm is removed from the car,the steel tube is slipped around the balljoint,the assembly is taken to the hydraulic press,and press out the the old,and press in the new.If not feasible,i think the whole control arm with the balljoint is available through Ford.

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What exactly popped off? Did the mechanic state what the transmission had to do with the ball joints?

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Replace lower ball joints on a 1997 taurus


If you don't have a 'Ball joint splitter'.
You won't get very far.
But, if you do. It's not too taxing a job.
Firstly you need to locate the two fixings, attatched to the subframe, under the engine.
'Crack' them off. You may need a good amount of leverage, so make sure you're in a comfortable position. (& not likely too pull your back etc!:)
But do not remove them yet,..
Then you need to locate the fixing of the ball joint on the 'hub' end, 'Loosen it a couple of turns, and whack it with a hammer. Loosen again, and repeat the process, until it's possible to remove the nut, on the joint, (& this is where the splitter is required, potentially.)
and proceed to loosen the ball joint, from the hub fixing.
Sometimes, the ball joints are ceased on,
making removal very difficult unless you have oxy-cetaline, to 'super heat' the 'hub' fixing, rather than the ball joint.
(Remember, you want to expand the correct piece of metal!)
Then, it will fall out into your hands.
And there you go.
Just make sure you take all the neccesary precautions and wear gloves, safety glasses etc.
Or if all this, sounds too risky, just remember.
It is!
Good luck with that:)

Jul 26, 2009 | 2001 Ford Taurus

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Replacement Front Suspension, Lower Ball Joint 2000 Ford Taurus SE ,what all has to removed to replace the lower ball joint?


The easiest way is too remove the whole knuckle and remove the joint on a bench. The Ball Joint is in the knuckle, not in the lower control arm. Try to not break pinch bolt on lower strut clamp. Hope this helps.. :-) Cobra

Jun 01, 2010 | 2000 Ford Taurus

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2002 Taurus: how many ball joints on a 202 mercury sable...


there are 2, a lower ball joint on each side.

May 16, 2010 | 2002 Ford Taurus

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Lower ball joint replacement 1996 ford taurus. wiil I need to remove the the joint houseing from strut?


You remove lower control arm of the chassis where they are located . Do not remove upper mounting strut bolts, remove only two bolts that hold strut to sterrink knuckle.

Jan 08, 2010 | 1996 Ford Taurus

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Removal and replacement of a lower ball joint for a 1997 taurus. using a new ball joint


You will need certain tools to remove the ball joint. You will need a ball joint removal and installation kit you can find at a local automotive store.Remove brakes and control arms to easily get to ball joint and start the removal. The ball joint kit has instructions on how to remove and install your new ball joint.

Jul 27, 2009 | Ford Taurus Cars & Trucks

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2000 Ford Taurus. How do I change a ball joint?


Lower Ball Joint Inspection
  1. Before servicing the vehicle refer to the precautions at the beginning of this section.
  2. Raise and support the vehicle.
  3. Prior to carrying out any inspection of the ball joints inspect the wheel bearing.
  4. Have an assistant pull inward and outward on the top and the bottom tire. Mount a suitable dial indicator and measure the movement between the ball joint and the lower arm. If the movement is at or exceeds 0.03 in. (0.75 mm) install a new ball joint.
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Removal & Installation To Remove:
  1. Before servicing the vehicle refer to the precautions at the beginning of this section.
  2. Remove the knuckle from the front suspension.
  3. Remove the snap ring from the ball joint.
  4. Press the ball joint out of the knuckle with a suitable ball joint press and adapters.
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Jul 04, 2009 | 2000 Ford Taurus

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Cost to replace lower ball joints 2001 Ford Taurus


At my shop, you'd pay $79. for good (moog) ball joints and $75 to put in each side.

Jun 05, 2009 | 2001 Ford Taurus

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Repair lower ball joints


The front lower ball joints are pressed into the steering knuckle. Once the brake components are removed, the CV shaft nut and tie rod ends can be removed. Remove the front strut bolts, and the lower ball joint nut. Separate the lower arm from the ball joint. Once the knuckle assembly is off the car remove the lower joint snap ring and dust boot. Utilizing a ball joint press (should be able to rent from local parts store) press the joint out of the knuckle. Re-installation is naturally reverse of removal. I hope this helps.

Sep 24, 2008 | 1999 Ford Taurus

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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.

Aug 14, 2008 | 1996 Ford F150 Regular Cab

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