1998 Ford Taurus Bent "A" arm

  • 1998 FORD TAURUS
Suspension problem Bent "A" arm
1998 Ford Taurus 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 91k miles

Is this a major hassle requiring specific tools to replace?

Does replacing the ball joint require any particular tools?


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Saturday, February 21st, 2009 AT 11:35 PM

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Yes. It requires a couple of special tools. One is needed to separate the ball joint and one is needed to compress the coil spring. Below are detailed instructions for replacing your lower control arm (A-arm).

Leave the steering column in the UNLOCKED position.
Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
On the SHO vehicles:
Detach the height sensor wiring connector.
Remove the wiring harness from the routing clip on the front shock absorber.
Remove air suspension height sensor from the height sensor ball studs.
Remove and discard the lower ball joint nut. Separate the lower ball joint from the lower control arm using Ball Joint tool T96P-3010-A or equivalent and Tie Rod End Adapter T881P-3504-W or equivalent.
Using Rotunda Spring Compressor 164-R-3571 or equivalent, compress the coil spring until the ball joint clears the lower arm.
Remove the front and rear lower control arm mounting nuts and bolts. Remove the lower control arm from the vehicle

Place the lower control arm into position and install the front and rear mounting nuts and bolts. Tighten the rear nut and bolt to 72-97 ft. Lbs. (98-132 Nm). Tighten the front nut and bolt to 57-75 ft. Lbs. (77-103 Nm).
Slowly release the spring compressor while guiding the ball joint into the lower control arm. Remove the spring compressor.
Install a new ball joint retaining nut and tighten to 50-67 ft. Lbs. (68-92 Nm).
On the SHO vehicles:
Install air suspension height sensor to the height sensor ball studs.
Install the wiring harness to the routing clip on the front shock absorber.
Attach the height sensor wiring connector.
Install the wheel and tire assembly. Tighten the lug nuts to 85-104 ft. Lbs. (115-142 Nm).
Lower the vehicle.
Road test the vehicle and check for proper operation.

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