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Old 01-09-2010, 02:00 PM
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Here's a pic with the new upper control arm/ball joint installed as well as the lower. I'm now done with the left side; will drink beer now and continue tomorrow
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Old 01-28-2010, 09:05 AM
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Hello fellow Ranger owners! I look forward to being a member of this forum and learning how to keep my Ranger (1998 4x4 w/ 4.0 L) in good shape and hopefully doing more of the upkeep myself with the help and advice of other members. I have owned it since new and plan on keeping it for the long haul.
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Old 01-28-2010, 10:19 AM
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Thanks for the help guys i found the problem the lower ball joint on the pass side boot is busted.
If $ will allow it, you should probably go ahead and replace the shocks, if you haven't done so yet.
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Old 03-04-2010, 04:34 PM
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I had just about everything replaced this fall on my 98 Ranger and it only has 64,000 miles but everything was shot since the OE's don't put grease, aka zerk, fittings on anything anymore. I changed out the the upper and lower control arm assemblies with new outer tie rods and shocks as well and new link kits for the sway bar. I bought all the parts from Rock Auto and delivered to my house for just under 400.00 that way I didn't have to mess with old arms since my bushings were dried out as well and by the time I bought all the parts to rebuild my control arms, I had less money in buying whole new assemblies. Nice and quiet and tight just like new. The down side is that the new parts still have no zerk fittings. I got nearly 12 years out of the original parts so it will last me for the length of time I will keep the truck.
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Old 04-11-2010, 03:33 PM
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I Just bought a 1999 Ford Ranger 2WD V6 3.0 with 136k. The front end is squeaky just like the original poster. I have read through this post and will be doing a complete front end rebuild on my p/u in June. Oops forgot to mention my ball joint boots are gone and jacked the truck up to see if there was play and there is only about 1/8 - 1/4 inch but it appears to be in the bearing not ball joints. Never the less it will all be getting replaced in June.

My only question or concern is disassembly I have coil shocks not torsion bar and do not know how to remove the spring. Do I need a spring compressor or do I do like the previous description and load the lower a arm unhook the ball joint then unload it?

Also do polyurethane bushings last longer then rubber ones? I know it will tighten up the suspension.

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Old 02-27-2012, 09:26 AM
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I know this thread is from forever ago but does anyone know what happens if you drive on bad ball joints that squeak for a while? mine have been for a couple months but I have no money to replace...haha
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Old 02-27-2012, 11:29 AM
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.... Nice and quiet and tight just like new.....
lol i dated a girl like that once

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I know this thread is from forever ago but does anyone know what happens if you drive on bad ball joints that squeak for a while? mine have been for a couple months but I have no money to replace...haha
i've driven for about 5 years with squeaky ball joints, but I routinely check them to see how much play is in them, or how loose they are in their socket. mine have had busted boots for ever, but they are still kinda tight.

very dangerous if they come apart though.

edit: i tell you what was noisy under my truck, the sway bar bushings! that's what i was hearing under my truck. i can't hear my ball joints unless im right by them.

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Old 02-27-2012, 11:43 AM
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I don't know if it's my ball joints or not, because it doesn't sound like rubber squeaking it sounds like a rusted creaking fence to be honest lol I'm gonna wd40 everything today to see if I can loosen some stuff up

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and how would you go about checking if they are okay it not?
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Old 02-27-2012, 11:47 AM
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yeah, that sounds about right

my control arm bushings are rusty/sandy sounding too, but not overbearing. some people complain about old shocks getting noisy also.

i personally can't wait to go through the front end after reading this thread - i'm gonna make a weekend out of it when it warms up
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