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Old March 9th, 2011, 08:53 PM   #1
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Ball joint and tie rod end replacement... whats needed?


Had a guy i work with today do a front end inspection on my car and he said i need to replace my lower balls joints and outer tie rod ends (he's been an ase certified technician for 20 something years, so i'm gonna take his word for it ). Next weeks paycheck is gonna be used to go buy the parts and my father and i will do it over the weekend. What's involved in replacing them? Do I need any special tools? How long will it take for it?

Never done this before but i'm looking forward to learning. Thanks for the help fellas!
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you need to get the ball joint service kit from autozone or the like to help remove and install the ball joints. before you replace the rod ends, measure or mark how far they're threaded on so you shouldn't have to get an alignment. good luck.
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ball joints press out and press in...will need a c clamp with the metal sleeves/cups and what not

tie rod ends just knock the rod out and unthread the old one and on with the new. then align
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definitely need the ball joint kit. I just did mine last week. with the tool it took me like an hour to do both sides. I work at a KIA dealer so i had access to my lift... and MAKE sure you count the turns coming off with the tie rod end so you can be real close when you put the new ones one. +1 on the alignment
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count how many turns it takes to remove the outer tie rod, then rethread the new ones that many times.

Ball joint press's take some serious work/effort. Id highly recomend finding/borrowing air tools to work the ball joint press.
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You should only need basic hand tools, ball joint press, and ball joint fork (also called pickle fork). You can rent ball joint presses from AutoZone for free.
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after using air tools and watching them not struggle, but not easily push out ball joints, doing it with just hand tools would/will suck
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after using air tools and watching them not struggle, but not easily push out ball joints, doing it with just hand tools would/will suck
Struggle? come one, use the autozone press and put a little ass behind it and they pop right out, its not hard at all !
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Ok thanks guys. I'm getting an alignment after i get them on anyway, but I'll make sure you count how many turns off/on. Hopefully i can get it done next weekend when i have off
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What ball joints and tie rod ends are you going with?
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on my ball joints i just used a big hammer,once the nut is off,beat it out,and then align the new one up and smack it about 20 times and its in.
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Struggle? come one, use the autozone press and put a little ass behind it and they pop right out, its not hard at all !
either you've either never used air tools or never dealt with a frozen ball joint
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Struggle? come one, use the autozone press and put a little ass behind it and they pop right out, its not hard at all !
what was I thinking, fuck me, I mean ive only done ball joints in like 8 mustangs, 10 F150's a hand full of E350's 1500 and 2500 chevys a few grand prixs, half a dozen Full size GM's. Your right, ball joints just pop right out. In fact, get the adapters and just use the 1/4 ratchet while youre at it
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what was I thinking, fuck me, I mean ive only done ball joints in like 8 mustangs, 10 F150's a hand full of E350's 1500 and 2500 chevys a few grand prixs, half a dozen Full size GM's. Your right, ball joints just pop right out. In fact, get the adapters and just use the 1/4 ratchet while youre at it
Had to press balljoints out by hand one time on a 90 something model grand marquis and my god I swear after that anyone who says it's just as simple to do it by hand is an idiot.

Where in memphis are you 86er? if you don't mind me asking, I'm about an hour away in Jackson
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Had to press balljoints out by hand one time on a 90 something model grand marquis and my god I swear after that anyone who says it's just as simple to do it by hand is an idiot.

Where in memphis are you 86er? if you don't mind me asking, I'm about an hour away in Jackson
Idiot or just retard strength I dont know but my mustang and Explorer with 150k came out with little problem, I had to put a little ass behind it but all and all not a hard job by any means !
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Idiot or just retard strength I dont know but my mustang and Explorer with 150k came out with little problem, I had to put a little ass behind it but all and all not a hard job by any means !
didnt mean to call you an idiot man, just poor choice of words on my part. just when you do balljoints on a fairly regular basis you run into some that are a bitch and that doing by hand tools would just be a real motherfucker and air tools just makes everything so much easier. Work smarter, not harder, ya know?
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didnt mean to call you an idiot man, just poor choice of words on my part. just when you do balljoints on a fairly regular basis you run into some that are a bitch and that doing by hand tools would just be a real motherfucker and air tools just makes everything so much easier. Work smarter, not harder, ya know?
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Had to press balljoints out by hand one time on a 90 something model grand marquis and my god I swear after that anyone who says it's just as simple to do it by hand is an idiot.

Where in memphis are you 86er? if you don't mind me asking, I'm about an hour away in Jackson
Cordova, just off 40 and germantown road. Ever need a hand with the car give me a shout, still meeting people here so never a problem helping, def have the time on the weekends
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Cordova, just off 40 and germantown road. Ever need a hand with the car give me a shout, still meeting people here so never a problem helping, def have the time on the weekends
awesome, i have a pretty good idea where you are.
thanks man, it's always cool to have another person to ask their opinion on/willing to help when I get stuck on something
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Cordova, just off 40 and germantown road. Ever need a hand with the car give me a shout, still meeting people here so never a problem helping, def have the time on the weekends
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