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Old 06-14-2009, 18:27   #1 (permalink)
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Changing ball joint

Ok. I am to the point where I only have the spindle nut, tie rod end, and the nut where the strut sits in the knuckle.

Can I just undo the tie rod at the knuckle? The manual says to loosen the lock not on the threaded portion.

I don't have a press or means to heat the ball joint, so I am gonna remove the knuckle and take it to a machine shop and have it pressed in. Unless, you guys think I can swing the knuckle out and press the joint in fairly easy

Oh, and I have a 2000 Taurus sedan in case you guys are wondering now :)

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And any other suggestions are welcome also
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Old 06-14-2009, 19:59   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Changing ball joint

Just remove the tie rod at the knuckle.

I think taking the whole knuckle to a machine shop is a good choice. Trying to press out the joint on a Taurus is a real P.I.T.A. because the receiver tubes with the standard joint press will not work.
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Just remove the tie rod at the knuckle.

I think taking the whole knuckle to a machine shop is a good choice. Trying to press out the joint on a Taurus is a real P.I.T.A. because the receiver tubes with the standard joint press will not work.



Got that Right...LOL...learn that the hard way too
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Re: Changing ball joint

Hello, new here. Are you saying I shouldn't attempt to change my ball joint on a 2000 Taurus with a tool such as this one?

OTC Ball Joint Service Set
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Hello, new here. Are you saying I shouldn't attempt to change my ball joint on a 2000 Taurus with a tool such as this one?

OTC Ball Joint Service Set
Correct. I had to get the kit with the extra receiver tubes. Like this one New Master Ball Joint Press Adapter Tools Set 2WD & 4WD:eBay Motors (item 390019654410 end time Jul-23-09 19:04:43 PDT)
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Old 06-26-2009, 18:55   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Changing ball joint

Or, you can buy the special tool for the Taurus/Sable
Amazon.com: OTC - FORD - TAURUS/SABLE BALL JOINT KIT (8032): Automotive Amazon.com: OTC - FORD - TAURUS/SABLE BALL JOINT KIT (8032): Automotive
and use with the press you can get from Autozone, O'Reilly ect.
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Re: Changing ball joint

Well here is the Update:

I call the local dealer here in Green Bay Wisconsin, and they made it Right.

They had a Tow Truck come and get the car. Replaced the Coil Springs Hell they even gave me a 4 wheel alignment, and replaced the Ball Joint I was having trouble with for only $60.00. (no charge for the alignment)...

Thanks again guys for getting me on this you guys are awesome.
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