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Old 02-10-2012, 08:28 PM   #1
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Hi I just replaced the ball joint on my car plaining on replacing the left side but my mustang is now sitting side ways from the side I changed out the ball joint? I toke out completely the spring idk if this is normal if someone can let me know I would I appreciate it... Thanks
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Did you put the spring back in exactly the way it came out? If not, it will definitely affect your ride height.
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Old 02-10-2012, 08:38 PM   #3
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Yea I went in differently only because I didn't have a internal coil spring compressor or I didn't secure it b4 taking it out... It was the first time swapping em out
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You don't have to have a spring compressor but it does make it easier. It definitely helps to have a buddy give you hand installing them to make it sure the spring says in the pocket while you hook up the ball joint in the spindle as well.
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How on gods green earth did you get the spindle off the ball joint? I've been trying for two weeks now using a pickle fork and lots of assorted hammers not even a wiggle!!!
I spent 2 hours straight hitting the pickle fork with a 15lb sledge today and I swear I heard it laughing at me
If anyone knows what I'm doing wrong I'd love to be enlightened
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All I do is loosen the ball joint nut up about 1/4 in off the spindle, than take a sledge and smack the spindle right where the taper on the ball joint is and it will pop loose after a few good hits most of the time.
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Yeah I tried similar things to that the first go around and it didn't move but I'll give it a shot tomorrow thank you for the suggestion any help is greatly appreciated at this point
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How on gods green earth did you get the spindle off the ball joint? I've been trying for two weeks now using a pickle fork and lots of assorted hammers not even a wiggle!!!
I spent 2 hours straight hitting the pickle fork with a 15lb sledge today and I swear I heard it laughing at me
If anyone knows what I'm doing wrong I'd love to be enlightened
Is the spindle still torqued to the strut?
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No everything is disconnected and off the car except the spindle and the joint to the tie rod which also will not budge

---------- Post added at 11:54 PM ---------- Previous post was at 11:49 PM ----------

It's kinda sad cause it's my daily driver and so when I fail at getting it off I have to put everything back on and try again the next day
I can officially rebuild my entire suspension in about 15 minutes now
Other than the spindle and ball joints
But considering I've been doing this for about two weeks now I guess it's good practice
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Oh I took off the ball joint with a 20 ton jack only quick way and I did have help pressing back the ball joint someone I knew had the kit but the spring gave me the most problems...
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Oh I took off the ball joint with a 20 ton jack only quick way and I did have help pressing back the ball joint someone I knew had the kit but the spring gave me the most problems...
Can you elaborate on this a little bit for me please?
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The ball joint nut is the first thing I loosen and separate, then you take everything loose from the spindle afterwards.
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Well what I did was disconnect everything ball joint from the caliper sway bar links tire rod all that then I took off the a arm or control arm whatever u want to call it off... With the ball joint still on it... Then I took it to a guys shop and he has the press with a jack basically just put a piece of the ball joint press kit under the balljoint too allow it to go down but still hold the a arm around and put all the way weight on top of the ball joint and like magic it came out... The hitting thing takes a long time and I even banged up my finger doing it but that was the simples thing about this job with right tools...
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I rented a ball joint press from advanced auto. Worked like a charm. It cost a 100 bucks but I got all of it back when I returned it. Took about 15 minutes per side.
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I rented a ball joint press from advanced auto. Worked like a charm. It cost a 100 bucks but I got all of it back when I returned it. Took about 15 minutes per side.
I did this too but I couldn't get the press on the ball joint with the spindle still on
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I did this too but I couldn't get the press on the ball joint with the spindle still on
You need to break the ball joint nut loose first BEFORE anything else same with the tie rod nut and separate the tapers and then you can take everything else loose from the spindle and control arm.
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