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alucard55 10-21-2009 04:36 PM

Lower ball joints replaced.
 
Hi all,
I put good Moog lower ball joints in my '03 2WD (coil springs) today. The job went better than expected--much better than a similar thing I did once to an old T-Bird--but there were a few problems of note.
1) the passenger side ball stud broke free of the steering knuckle without any urging. As a result, turning the castle nut just turned the entire ball and I had to use a nutbreaker to get the nut off. Has this happened to anyone else? The driver's side went by the book.
2) the Harbor Freight press does a great job getting the old BJs out but it isn't wide enough to get the new BJs in unless you fiddle with it. I had to use a steel plate with the receiving cup on the top of the control arm.
The OE ball joints are toy-like compared to the Moog replacements.

98blownranger 10-21-2009 06:42 PM

if you get teh adapter kit from harbor the install is very easy, as for removing them i use a large hammer


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