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Old 03-11-2012, 08:18 AM
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4 bad ball joints, how to replace? nothing in chilton!

Went to get a front wheel alignment, they couldn't do it cause I have 4 bad ball joints!

My chilton manual doesn't tell me any how to whats so ever on how to replace these.

I have the parts. Mechanic shop wants to charge me over $700 to replace.

F*** that.

Can anyone point me in any instruction on how to simply get these out!
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:25 AM
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I have the same issue, only the right side but I plan to do them all.
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:32 AM
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I used this video to help me with mine last week. Pay attention to the part where he talks a piece of tube he cut down. That is a key component you will need.

http://youtu.be/tiIewl4RqYQ
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you have it easy sinnce you have a 2wd. the video link is pretty on point.
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Old 03-11-2012, 12:15 PM
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ive been working on the truck for 4 hours now and havent even goten one ball joint off one side yet.....
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Old 03-11-2012, 02:20 PM
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Go rent a ball joint press I have seen guys go after the ball joints with a air hammer too


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Old 03-11-2012, 03:21 PM
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I used this as a reference....helped me prepare!

Ford Super Duty Ball Joint Replacement Procedure | Superdutypsd.com
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Okay, well i finished it up, and wow. WHat a long day.

Once i did the let side, the right side was a breeze.

That youtube video that you guys referenced me too though, where he used that pipe, yea didnt need it at all.

Honestly how i got the ball joints out, i took a 2lb sledge and pounded it out in like 10 seconds.

Easy.

But i did rent a press already this morning to press the new ones back in



For some reason though, there is still just a hair of play left in wheel. Maybe i didn't tighten the hub nut down tight enough though, But i didn't think these were suppose to be that tight.

Any thought on that?
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Old 03-11-2012, 09:01 PM
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Check out your pitman arm for any play. Mine had the slightest amount of play which resulted in about 6" of play at the wheel. It was like night and day once I replaced the bad pitman arm.
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Old 03-11-2012, 09:08 PM
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Check out your pitman arm for any play. Mine had the slightest amount of play which resulted in about 6" of play at the wheel. It was like night and day once I replaced the bad pitman arm.
so would the rubber go bad on them or something?

I mean its on both sides that it has very very very little play

how tight is the axle shaft nut suppose to be?
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