I just purchased a 98 explorer the guy i bought it from told me the lower ball joints and maybe bearings need replacement. I just did the ball joints but i am leary of doing the bearings, partly cause there is a heavy thumping lopping noise while driving straight, I was told it can be drive shaft then the cv joint then a axle I don't want to start replacing things that aren't broke before finding the real issue. Also when the truck is sitting parked the passenger front tire is angled into the wheel well at the top.
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Has the car been in an accident? You may have to replace the upper ball joints as well. And you will have to get an alignment after that. I would get the tire set correctly before I started changing bearings. Of course it may be that the bearing is so bad that that is what is causing the wheel to lean so badly?
With the car jacked up, can you move the wheel laterally - it should be very tight.
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Transmissions and transfer cases are not abnormal in the explorers to gp put and have to replace, might also be a good reason it was taken to auction. Upper and lower ball joints, are pretty common too.
pull the wheel remove the half shaft nut,take off tie rod end ,take out strut bolts, remove brake caliper,and housing,remove ball joint nuts,seperate control arms from hub bearing housing ,remove hub bearing housing ,then rmove ball joints using a ball joint press(you can rent one at auto zone) ues the press too put the new ones in and put it all back together !!!
The only parts you need are the ball joints, upper and lower, a total of 4, if you need all 4. As far as tools, you'll need wrenches, a removal and installer tool, the ball joints are pressed into the control arms, and a ball joint to steering knuckle seperator tool.Without those special tools, you will never get them changed, if you do it yourself.