Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts!

Go Back   Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts! > >
Forgot Password? Join Us!

Welcome to Ford Ranger Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread

  #1  
Old 02-17-2010, 03:38 PM
Jimbo Jimbo is offline
Ford Truck Driver
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 81
Default Lower Ball Joints Do it yourself or shop?

Question:

Do you have to replace the whole lower control arm or are the ball joints press fit?

2002 4WD
__________________
Red 02
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-17-2010, 03:51 PM
01_ranger_4x4 01_ranger_4x4 is offline
OIF Veteran

 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 6,043
Default

the lowers just press into the lower control arm
__________________
2001 Ranger 4x4 Stepside
-RCD Suspension lift
-33x12.5 BFG KM2's on Mickey Thomson classic locks
-4:56 gears
-Auburn gear LS
-James Duff traction bars
-Headers
-Flowmaster duals
-SCT X-Cal2 and some small exterior mods

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2321189

2005 F-150 Lariat 4x4
-LED third brake light
-Weathertech floor liners
-Edge tuner
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-17-2010, 04:04 PM
Jimbo Jimbo is offline
Ford Truck Driver
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 81
Default

Thanks....I wasn't sure because they sell both the ball joint or the entire control arm....Goodyear wants $475 to replace both joints and do an alignment.....its been twenty years since I've done ball joints and didn't know if something had changed.....LOL....You think I will need a press or good ole hammer to get em out and in......?
__________________
Red 02
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-17-2010, 04:11 PM
01_ranger_4x4 01_ranger_4x4 is offline
OIF Veteran

 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 6,043
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jimbo View Post
Thanks....I wasn't sure because they sell both the ball joint or the entire control arm....Goodyear wants $475 to replace both joints and do an alignment.....its been twenty years since I've done ball joints and didn't know if something had changed.....LOL....You think I will need a press or good ole hammer to get em out and in......?
i used a hammer to get mine in and out but the right way to do it would be with a press. most auto parts stores will rent tools out to you usually for free.
__________________
2001 Ranger 4x4 Stepside
-RCD Suspension lift
-33x12.5 BFG KM2's on Mickey Thomson classic locks
-4:56 gears
-Auburn gear LS
-James Duff traction bars
-Headers
-Flowmaster duals
-SCT X-Cal2 and some small exterior mods

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2321189

2005 F-150 Lariat 4x4
-LED third brake light
-Weathertech floor liners
-Edge tuner
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-19-2010, 03:01 PM
Americantruckfleet Americantruckfleet is offline
v8 wannabe
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 157
Default

Snap-On makes a pretty mean ball-joint press.... costs about 800$ but dude you get what you pay for. That lil' Press makes us some money so can't complain! You just put the ball joints in and run a 1/2 snap on impact gun and BAM its said and done.... the right way! No hammer needed and they go in straight as an arrow!.... love snap-on tools
__________________
__-00-__Totally Resurected from the Dead__-00-__
1994 Ford XLT Extended Cab.
Automatic Transmission w/ a 4.0 6-Cylinder.
2" body Lift on Front & 3" Body Lift on Rear.
American Racing Lock-Out Hubs w/ an electronic 4 wheel drive selector switch.
32 x 11.50 x 15 BFG A.T. K.O.'s for my tires with American Racing Aluminum Rims.
New Engine, New Paint (Frame too), New Interior.... New Everything.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-20-2010, 05:35 AM
Jimbo Jimbo is offline
Ford Truck Driver
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 81
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Americantruckfleet View Post
Snap-On makes a pretty mean ball-joint press.... costs about 800$ but dude you get what you pay for. That lil' Press makes us some money so can't complain! You just put the ball joints in and run a 1/2 snap on impact gun and BAM its said and done.... the right way! No hammer needed and they go in straight as an arrow!.... love snap-on tools
I hear you on the "Snap On Tools".....! Them were the days, thats all I owned when I was wrenching. Never had their impact for ball joints though.....can just imagine......been robbed since then....all the snap on tools gone.

Just finished the two lowers last nite....$80 bucks for "Moog" ball joints and 4.5 hours later.....eeeek. I took it kinda slow in that I hadn't done lower ball joints on a 4wd before. Strangely enough, the passenger side spindle did not want to come off the ball joint (drivers went easy). After a little heat, a pickle fork, a big f.....ing hammer and few choice words it broke free of the ball joint taper. The ball joint press I rented was for crap. It wouldn't work on the ball joints, so a hammer to get em out, and a floor jack to put them in (with a hammer to aid). Now I just have to get an alignment. I found this web site that gave me the idea of using the floor jack. Its been a few years and the pictures helped shake out the cobwebs in this ole head of mine. LOL.....

http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...d.php?t=188225
__________________
Red 02
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-20-2010, 02:45 PM
Americantruckfleet Americantruckfleet is offline
v8 wannabe
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 157
Default

damn getting robbed sucks bad... esspecialy when they are snap on tools, man....
__________________
__-00-__Totally Resurected from the Dead__-00-__
1994 Ford XLT Extended Cab.
Automatic Transmission w/ a 4.0 6-Cylinder.
2" body Lift on Front & 3" Body Lift on Rear.
American Racing Lock-Out Hubs w/ an electronic 4 wheel drive selector switch.
32 x 11.50 x 15 BFG A.T. K.O.'s for my tires with American Racing Aluminum Rims.
New Engine, New Paint (Frame too), New Interior.... New Everything.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-18-2010, 05:35 AM
Rumble520 Rumble520 is offline
Liking the Ford Ranger Forum
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 16
Send a message via Yahoo to Rumble520
Default Re: Lower Ball Joints Do it yourself or shop?

I have an 02 Ranger with Spring coils in the front. I'm doing the ball joints today and I'm stuck on the lower ball joints that are pressed fit. They arnt loosing there for I cant even press them out yet. I've been whacking the (hub) with a hammer, I got the ball joint seperater (pickle fork), and nothing. Im actually damaging the pickle fork because the hub is not coming loose and dropping down thru the spindle to the crown nut. I was easily able to replace the top ball joints (integrated control arm) but nothing on the bottom ball joint. I just drenched the lower ball joint in PB Blaster and Im going to start smacking it with a small sledge in another hour or so. Has anyone had this much difficulty taking this part off? I have the press and im ready to change the ball joints but I cant even get the hub seperated off the old existing ball joint (not sure if thats the proper terms, im not a mechanic obviously)
__________________
2002 Ranger XLT (Flareside) 3.0L V6
what a piece....
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 09-18-2010, 07:13 AM
Rob in wis Rob in wis is offline
Learning to use the forums
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 7
Default Re: Lower Ball Joints Do it yourself or shop?

I havent needed to replace the ball joints on my ranger yet but when I didnt my F150 I got the joints at Advanced auto and I used one of their loaner tools made just for this sort of thing. It is a oversized C-clamp with various bushings to fit different ball joints. It worked great! I saved about $800 by doing it myself. I cant imaginge rangers being any harder to do.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 09-22-2010, 03:57 PM
DVS Ranger DVS Ranger is offline
Learning to use the forums
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 1
Default Re: Lower Ball Joints Do it yourself or shop?

The (actually trustworthy) mechanic that I use when I'm pinched for time tells me that replacement of the two lower ball joints on my 2001 4WD takes 6.5 hours and that the ball joints are ~$67 each. Sounds a bit steep at $765 total. Does anybody have any cautions/recommendations on this repair, outside of what has already been posted. I'd rather use the $765 for food.
__________________
DVS Ranger
2001 4WD
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 09-22-2010, 07:40 PM
transfercase transfercase is offline
Weld
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 26
Default Re: Lower Ball Joints Do it yourself or shop?

Well I have an 01 4x4 and it took me a while. I used a press, froze the ball joints in the freezer and put grease on them before I put them in. Whether the freezer thing helped I couldn't tell you. That explorer forum post helped me out a bunch because there are pictures to every step.
__________________
01 XLT 4x4, 4.0, 4.10 LS, Auto, 32's for summer, Toolbox, E-Fan
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 09-23-2010, 10:42 AM
Rumble520 Rumble520 is offline
Liking the Ford Ranger Forum
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 16
Send a message via Yahoo to Rumble520
Default Re: Lower Ball Joints Do it yourself or shop?

I have 2WD, and it was a bit confusing. I had a video I found on Youtube to guide me but my original ball joints rusted themselves on to the hub (Is that the right name?), so I spent about an hour wacking it with a hammer and that did NOTHING, so my frient recommended BP Blaster and then I hit with a mini sledge and it popped right off. The Ball Joint Press is necessary!!! you cant do this job without one. but it took about an hour, both sides. HUGE difference when you ride it after, has that brand new TANK feel. Remember Alignment is a must after you finish the job. Upper ball joints have the integrated control arm. The lower ball joints come by themselves. Both Firestone and Sears wanted 1000 bucks. I spent 250 bucks on parts and the gallon of BP Blaster.... plus the 170 bucks for the rental tool, which is refunded when you bring the tool back.

if your gonna do it the drive way better do some research. Youtube has a great video if you look up "Ball joint replacement 2003 Ford, however theres a better chance you wont totally blow your alignment if you replace the Control arm first then the lowers second. That allows the lower ball joint to keep everything in place.

I didnt need the Pickle Fork because BP Blaster took care of it all...
Attached Images
File Type: jpg lowerballjointstuck.jpg (86.4 KB, 58 views)
File Type: jpg IMG00262.jpg (90.6 KB, 59 views)
File Type: jpg 0917101648-00.jpg (88.6 KB, 54 views)
File Type: jpg IMG00265.jpg (97.1 KB, 53 views)
File Type: jpg IMG00261.jpg (88.6 KB, 52 views)
__________________
2002 Ranger XLT (Flareside) 3.0L V6
what a piece....
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How To Change Lower Ball Joints?? Glenn Goodrich Suspension Tech 1 02-07-2010 05:27 PM
Want to Buy: Wheel and ball joints. jrey Suspension Parts 0 11-09-2009 11:07 PM
Lower ball joints replaced. alucard55 Suspension Tech 1 10-21-2009 06:42 PM
2001 ranger xlt needs ball joints again. Dannikp Suspension Tech 11 09-24-2009 03:46 PM
ball joints and a-arms tubzilla Suspension Tech 1 08-16-2009 07:55 AM