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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-13-02, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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Replacing Lower Balljoint

By the looks/feel/sound of things my drivers side lower balljoint is a little worse-for-wear
I had a quick look underneath and came to the conclusion that the front end is very different from the X shaped Falcons in that the Balljoint is pressed into the spindle instead of the lower control arm. Has anyone had a lower balljoint replaced? if so how much did they charge? or would it be ALOT cheaper for me to take the stub axle off myself and take it to the workshop for them to press the new Balljoint in? how much do balljoints go for these day? around $40-$45 I'd imagine


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anyone?? i also need to know this as mine are shot i might be taking it in to ask the guys how much if i get the time

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how northern in northern NSW are you?

if you take the stub axle out then take it to a workshop with the new ball-joint they should fit the new one for like $20, it only takes about 10 mins to do.

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I did my own and it wasn't a fun job although I own both a press and an OTC ball joint tool. The Ford workshop manual says use a special tool and a large vice; I broke my large vice without moving the ball joint. It's too awkward to get in my press so the OTC tool worked best but it was still a long hard day to do both. Pay the $20 to get the pressed out and a new one pressed in. See the 15 piecs master ball joint kit here http://www.toolweb.com/catalog.cfm?d...partno=OTC7249and http://<a href="http://www.mytoolche...st_57.html</a> to see what I used. Admittedly I was unwell at the time but I thought I was going to break my wrist before the balljoint popped out. It works like a big G clamp with adapters that fit both sides of the ball joint.

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I live just outside of Ballina, Thanks for the info guys, I will look into removing the stub axle myself and paying someone to press the new one in.

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