You'll need a ball joint press. Replacing ball joints can be done by experienced do-it-yourselfers, but the same is true of heart surgery. There are special procedures to prevent damaging the new parts and to prevent early failure. There are a lot of little things professionals watch out for that aren't even mentioned in the service manual, which, by the way, you should have on hand to learn the steps required. You'll be pulling the brakes apart. That opens a whole new can of worms with all the things that can go wrong. Ford has enough brake trouble without adding to it.
As for cost, a lot depends on the parts used. The parts for your car cost between less than nine bucks to over 40, depending on the manufacturer. Your mechanic knows that the lower cost parts might not be the best value for your money, so hope he elects to sell you the better ones.
As a former suspension and alignment specialist, I used to replace these in less than a half hour per each. If I had to do them today in my driveway, it would take me all day, even if I didn't have to hunt all over for my tools. It's just a whole lot easier on a hoist and with all the necessary tools within easy reach.
If you think you want to tackle this yourself, don't even buy the parts until you have the factory service manual and have read through the procedure. I can offer suggestions if you have questions, and to prevent brake problems.
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Sunday, January 23rd, 2011 AT 12:45 AM