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Ok so i had the truck in the shop on friday to get new tires put on and when i go to pick it up they said that i need to replace the upper ball joints...well when i started talking to him he said that the upper ball joints should be replaced with new controll arms....it dosent sound right....shouldnt you just be able to press them out with a press and then press the new ones in????

Also dose anyone know of a good web site to get ball joints for cheap...I have a 2002 ford range edge. 4X4 with the 4.0

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You can't press the uppers out unless you have Moog upper arms. The reason for this is because the upper is less likely to fail so Ford just built it into the arm.
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The ball joints on all of our trucks are built into the control arm because they are too thin. Also because the ball joint presses in from the bottom where the grease boot is makes it extremely hard to change them. Changing the control arms are as easy as a 15/16 socket on both sides and swapping them out however. I have found that MOOG makes a set of upper ball joints for the ranger though if you want to get creative and change them. I had to do a set a few years ago and since then, honestly I just change the control arms.
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ok so where can i get a set of control arms...What all would i have to take out like the hub assembly or anything a long that line??? I dont fell like paying the shop $510 to do just the uppers.
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So do the lowers get controll arms too??
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No the lowers can be pressed out.
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ok thanks so much....i found the upper and lowers for 265
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sounds about right its like $100 each for the uppers and like $30 for the lowers
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