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Lower ball joints

Did mine this past Sat. Took Me and a Friend about hour and a half to do. Just a floor jack and a jack stand. (Helps when ur Friend is a cert. mech.)
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its really not all that hard, just time consuming. i replaced my driver side one a couple weeks ago and just did my driver side yesterday.

i just used a big hammer to get them in and out lol
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I just hate replacing balljoints cause they are expensive.
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its really not all that hard, just time consuming. i replaced my driver side one a couple weeks ago and just did my driver side yesterday.

i just used a big hammer to get them in and out lol

wow you used a hammer and the other guy used a floor jack.

2 hacks posting in one thread, a new low for ranger-forums!

you need to use a ball joint press, not using it makes one risk egg shaping the hole and ruining the control arm.

i dought it will last very long.

oh crap i am ASE certified. dont listen to me i dont know what i am talking about.
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NO WAY! I just replaced all my joints...upper arms w/ moogs, and moog lowers. I did my lowers using a jack, 4" chunk of 2.5" exhaust tubing, and a 4lb hammer on the lower arm........

And was tought how to do it by an ex-ford dealership mechanic....

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^^ Thats what i did...
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like i stated in post above, you need a press to ensure the joint goes in straight.

i have seen the results of the hack way like above, what happens is the ball joint becomes loose in the hole and before you knowing it the tire is worn out.

the funny thing is you can BUY cheap presses at harbor freight for 30 bucks.

of course from my professional view i wouldnt use the china made presses, rather my matco unit
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