Replace Ball Joints

Tiny
DAN MCCOLLOCH
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  • 2000 FORD F-150
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  • 135,000 MILES
For a 2000, Ford F-150, 4x4, I was told that I will need to replace my balljoints in the near future. Is there a website where I can pull off the scimatics; sp. On how to do it at home myself? I have good tools and jacks w/stands, do I need any "specialty tools"?

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Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 AT 12:51 PM

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Tiny
CJ MEDEVAC
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You will probably need a press, We got by with "Monster 'C' Clamp", but was a little difficult positioning it. Had to jack up a few extra inches to use it!

I haven't fully explored this site since they have been re-vamping it.I have found that I can no longer create a link for some reason. There may be some stuff at home page----"DIY", that may help, normally I would hold your hand, and link it to you. But you are on your own today!

If no highlight. Copy, paste, and stick it on a new tab, yourself!

I failed to take pics when replacing Step-Daughters '96 Explorer Ball Joints

So here's the best I can do showing you how to use "C" Clamps and Sockets to Push and Catch the parts you deal with. The sockets must be big enough to "Catch" or small enough to push thru an opening without hanging. Sometime you must improvise tooling, like different diameter and lengths of pipe N. Ipples to get by.

These examples are of Doin' a "U" Joint (Big Regular Clamp) and also doin' my T-150 CJ5 Jeep Transmission rebuild using the "MONSTER ADJUSTABLE CLAMP" (It's was the only one, that would push the ball joints out of her Explorer. It took us about 3 hours, taking our time and inspecting our work. We were using a Chilton Repair Manual for steps and torque specs.) Just short of removing the arms completely, and taking it to my Buddy's house, and using "our" hydraulic press The "Monster" has gotten me out of several tight spots!

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Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 AT 3:05 PM
Tiny
RACEFAN966
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You will need a ball joint press (some parts stores rent these). Then you will need to get it aligned when you finish. I can get you a scematic of the front end if you still need just let me know.
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Saturday, April 2nd, 2011 AT 2:02 PM

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