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Old 11-07-2014, 08:12 AM   #1
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Ball joint question

Hi folks so i am probably going to be doing the lower ball joints on my 2002 mustang gt later today and i noticed that the spindle on the ball joints is tilted to one side which way do i put them in? Any tips or tricks on the installation itself? Thanks in advance.


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I'm honestly not sure what you mean about the spindle being tilted. You're gonna need a ball joint press then just bolt it all back up.

I'd bet there's a how- to online or maybe even a video on YouTube
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When you look at the ball joint the metal part is not straight up it is lightly tilted to one side they are duralast ball joints.


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It will move. It's just tight because its new.
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Oh ok thanks for the info


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leave it however it is. they are a ball in a joint, as the name implies. they are really stiff when new, but they will start to move after they are installed.

as for tips or tricks, it took me 12 hours to do one side, and 2 hours for the other side.
Make sure you have the ball joint and tie rod forks. they are loaner tools at advance/autozone.

it took so long on one side because of the learning process and wrong tools. i tried using a puller to remove the knuckle from the ball joint. broke the tool. the fork made it way simpler. make sure you get the ball joint and driveshaft kit from advance. its expensive but you get all the money back when you return the loaner kit. you will need it to pop the ball joint out. mine popped out pretty easily. my buddy has an 01 and he said he heard lightning crash when he finally broke one of his free.

if you have the money for it, i would just change out the control arms, that way you can get the ball joint along with the control arm bushings and easier to install.

not a very hard job to do, just labor intensive. ill add more as i remember it.
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Old 11-07-2014, 09:37 AM   #7
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I heard that it helps to heat up the old ball joint to get the spindle off any experience with that?


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Do you use the tie rod fork to get the spindle off the old ball joint?


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I've never had to heat up anything to get a ball joint out. It's a pretty straight forward job as long as you have the right tools. Since this is your first time I highly recommend good instructions. It's not a hard job, but it will make it very easy for you.
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There is a good guide from AM with pretty clear instructions and pictures you think that would be a good installation guide?


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wait, define spindle.
the tie rod fork should be too small, theres a ball joint fork, (same thing just bigger)
the bottom of the ball joint is in the control arm, the threaded part that moves goes through a hole in the steering knuckle. im guessing thats what you are reffering to. if it is seized, then heat will work. also pb blaster or anything similar.
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Yea the part where the rotor and all that stuff goes onto right?


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Do i need a tie rod fork to get tie rod off cuz i remember not needing it when i did the lowering springs


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its good to have around just in case, but i remember not using the fork on the tie rods. they werent seized too bad for me. But if its really stuck in there, you may want it.
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Ok cool


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By the way, what brand ball joints were you planning on using? You won't want to cheap out on them. store brand parts like driveworks (advance autoparts) or Duralast (Autozone) will die out on you as early as one month after install.

personal advice, If you buy moog, they are cheaper on amazon, but if you spend more (a lot more) at advance, you're covered by a lifetime warranty on them as long as you keep your proof of purchase.
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It's called a pickle fork and nine times out of ten i can get them to separate with one sharp blow from a 3 lb sledge both tie rod end and ball joints if you hit the steering knuckle where the shaft comes through it will simply separate.
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I just got the ball joints installed it was a pita to get the spindle separated from the old ball joint lol


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