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In this page we will illustrate how to replace the lower ball joints on a 1998-2005 Ford Ranger 2wd pick-up, we described in our previous page suspension and steering systems how to diagnose a defective ball joint.

       


    

    

    

    

   



    

    

   

   

   

   

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  Before you begin working on the truck,make sure that it is in park, the emergency brake is applied, and that you have at least one wheel chuck securing one of the rear tires.

If you don't have access to an impact gun loosen the wheel lug nuts as shown on the picture, don't remove them yet, just loosen them, next  raise the truck off the ground, place two jackstands under the frame and remove the lug nuts and both front wheels.





 

 

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As shown in this picture, start by removing the cotter pin from the lower ball joint.



















-Next, loosen the lower ball joint nut, but don't remove it completely

 

 

 

 

 

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 - Using a tool similar to the one shown in this picture, apply pressure to the ball joint stud to break it loose from the steering knuckle
















- Do the same with the tie rod end, proceed to slide the tie-rod end off of the steering knuckle.

It is easier to do this job if you remove the steering knuckle, we chose to leave it on the vehicle but in order to pry the lower ball joint away from the steering knuckle we had to remove the bolt that secures the upper ball joint in place to be able to slide the steering knuckle down in order to clear thelower ball joint.











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- Next, remove the c-clip from the old ball joint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 - Next, using a ball joint service tool like the one shown in the picture, remove the lower ball joint by applying downward pressure to it.

 



















- Before you attempt to install the new ball joint, remove the dust boot from it, and make sure that the grease fitting hasn't been installed to avoid breaking it during ball joint installation.

 Use the adapters as shown in this picture  proceed to install the new ball joint.



















- Next, install the new dust cover to the new ball joint.

 

 

 

 

 

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- Next, install the new safety c-clip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 - Next, install the grease fitting, don't over tighten it , if you do it will break.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Next, proceed to install the steering knuckle back on, install the tie rod end, make sure that if you loosened the bolt on the upper ball joint, that you tighten it back up, torque the lower ball joint nut to 95Ft-lbs, tie rod end nut to 55 Ft-lbs, and the upper ball joint to 60 Ft-lbs, don't forget to install new cotter pins to the lower ball joint and tie-rod end