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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-12-2006, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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Can I replace my ball joints myself?

Hey guys I havent had to do this yet but is it possible to change the ball joints yourself. I hav pretty good mechanical ability an can learn pretty fast if I have directions. Have you guys done this an if you have how hard is it an what tools will I need. Thanks for the help.

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Re: Can I replace my ball joints myself?

Haven't done any on a SD yet but three sets on my 1990 F150. You'll need a ball joint press, torque wrench, shop manual in addition to the normal hand tools.

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Re: Can I replace my ball joints myself?

Of course you can. I think has a nice kit with everything you need.
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Re: Can I replace my ball joints myself?

I have replaced them on a lot of trucks in the past. Never on an F-250 though. One tool i would recommend (if you have access to one and a compressor) is an air chisel with a ball joint separator.

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Re: Can I replace my ball joints myself?

They are certainly doable yourself. If you have never done a Super Duty, be aware that everything is different and bigger. I have found that the ball joint kits are neither big enough or strong enough to press them in or out. You will need access to a press (or shop with one). Here is a link to very good directions with pictures. As mentioned above, has the complete kit with everything you will need at a great price. When you look at the cost, you will think it is high compared to anything else you have done, but believe me, you can't get everything any cheaper even at dealer costs (do ask how I know). These are great trucks and I love mine, but they are not cheap to maintain. The good news is that they will go forever if you just take care of them.


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Re: Can I replace my ball joints myself?

I'm doing a set on Monday, on a friend's F350. The link above are some if the best instructions I've found, better than the two shop manuals I have.

I've already called the local Ford dealer to verify that they can and will press on new seals for me, and do it the same day. This seems a lot easier than some of the home grown solutions other folks have used.

Are you sure your ball joints need replacing? I just had a tire shop manager tell me mine are "the worst he's seen". But I'll be damned if I can detect any wear even with a pry bar directly on the ball joints. I think he was just looking for a way to make an easy $950.00, that was his quote. Let's see $265 for parts (Napa), $685 for labor.

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Re: Can I replace my ball joints myself?

One tool i would recommend (if you have access to one and a compressor) is an air chisel with a ball joint separator.

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And yes it is doable and recommended to do your self if your capable,,
My estimate from FIRESTONE was 1100.00 bucks for the fronts! (Not including all the seals I imagine, just puttin in the new joints I bet.)
To get the ball joints to "Pop" loose let the whole assembly hang free, with the truck supported on jackstands,, with at least a 3 lb hammer rap sharply on the outside of the section the joints taper goes thru,,, Never takes more than 10-15 wacks most of the time to free it up.

Also if you take the spindle down to the Ford dealer, with the axle assemblies they will probably install the ball joints, and install that large seal that requires a special tool,,,(Sets it to the correct depth in addition to pushing it on.)
Those directions are good too,,
I just got my MOOG ball joints at ORILEYS and the seals from Ford, dont know what the difference in my prices separately and the kit are,, maybe worth the convienence of the kit from Powerstrokeshop...good sponsor on here.

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Re: Can I replace my ball joints myself?

I have done mine. You can do this in your driveway without any special tools other than the ball joint press kit. I bought the one for 4x4s from Harbor Freight and it worked fine. I would recommend a vise and an air impact but it is not necessary and can be done without it.

I purchased the kit from and got everything I needed , no running to the parts store.

Print out and follow the directions on the link provided and it will go real easy. The only other thing I would recommend is if you have a 4x4 go to home depot and get the stuff to make the seal tool. You will need that but other than those things you should be able to do it with regular hand tools.

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