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(1999 Ford Ranger)
in Lutherville Timonium, MD on July 30, 2009
Is it difficult to change out ball joints on a Ranger, and are any special tools required?
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There is an upper and lower ball joint the time to replace the lower ball joint is about an hour to 1.2 hours. On the image I see in the repair manual it looks like the upper ball joints are part of the control arm.
These ball joints are a tapered fit in the steering knuckle. to separate them from the steering knuckle you have to shock the joint or take them a part with a "pickle fork" but it not a job you probably want to do at home yourself unless you have done a lot of work on your own cars in the past. Look up an image of the parts perhaps on Rock Auto or both sites hava a lot of good parts images.
on July 30, 2009
NO, just the knowledge.
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