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Old 09-26-2012, 07:47 AM
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2006 F350 4x4 ball joints

Was wondering if anyone has done this job. I have seen the write up at Superdutypsd.com | FORD SUPER DUTY 7.3L POWERSTROKE DIESEL Mods, Maintenance, Repair and Information Home Page. What I would like to know. Is the tool for installing the knuckle seal in a 2006 F350 4x4, the same size for a 2000 F250 4x4. There is a 4x4 ball joint kit they sell at harbor freight, does anyone know if this kit will work for the knuckle seal(axle seal). Is there anything else I should look out for. Thanks for the help.

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Harbor Freight tools blow a$$! You never know when they are going to fail. It's not a question of if, it's a question of when on about 75% of their stuff.

With that off my chest, I suggest the following: if the ball joint application covers both 2000 and 2006 trucks (ie 1999-2010) then there shouldn't be any real differences. Check your uni-bearings while you are in there. Mine were good, I didn't rip the seals, so they went back in.

I can't remember what it takes to change those axle seals. Then again, I can't remember seeing a Super Duty with them in place, either. I didn't sweat those when I did mine.

Some guys have successfully used the Auto Zone ball joint tool, I used a 20 ton press. The easiest way would be to take the knuckles and ball joints to a machine shop, pay about $40 and have them press them out/in.

Because you suggested H.F. tools, I will close with this, don't be a cheap bastard, there's a reason some of those lower ball joints are $30. I paid about $200 for Moog Problem Solver Series from Rock Auto dot com.
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Was wondering if anyone has done this job. I have seen the write up at Superdutypsd.com | FORD SUPER DUTY 7.3L POWERSTROKE DIESEL Mods, Maintenance, Repair and Information Home Page. What I would like to know. Is the tool for installing the knuckle seal in a 2006 F350 4x4, the same size for a 2000 F250 4x4. There is a 4x4 ball joint kit they sell at harbor freight, does anyone know if this kit will work for the knuckle seal(axle seal). Is there anything else I should look out for. Thanks for the help.

Tony
I just did all 4 of mine with the Raybestos top of the line ball joints and they only cost me 180.00 The nice folks at O'Rellys lent me the tool for free. Very easy job if you take your time. You will also want to replace the front axle seals. Ford sells them for 19.00 each. Also check your Track bar Ball joint as well since you have the Ball Joint press. If you want any additional help check out youtube as there are some good videos. Good Luck
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Old 09-28-2012, 07:36 PM
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Being as of 4 hours ago i just got done doing all four in my 05 ill give my two cents. First dont worry about the seal on the axle unless you are going in mudd a lot. Check/replace the knucle u-joints also. The unit bearing is very hard to get out, use a pry bar on each side of the axle u-joint flange and pry the axle and bearing together. Dont buy cheap ball joints, i bought napa master chassie brand (made in china) Pressed them on the knuckle bolted the knuckle to the axle and it would not turn. After taking it back apart and putting in MOOG all is good. If you are not doing the u-Joints leave the axle c clip on and take the bearing and axle out and in together. Antiseize is you freind, its cheap compaired to the time you waste next time trying to get things apart. As far as the press if you dont want to buy a half decent good one have a shop press them in the knuckle for you. There is a lot of pressure when trying to get them to pop out and i have seen cheap ball joint presses break under the pressure. And that could turn and half easy job into a trip to the ER. Good luck and dont be afraid to do the job your self or ask any questions.
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