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Old 10-21-2010, 11:00 PM
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removing ball joints

I have a Ford F250 4x4 that I am needing to replace the ball joints on. What is the easiest way to get it done. I know it will be time consuming but I need some help PLEASE.

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I hope you are talking about a "real" F250, not the F150 with 7 lug wheels that Ford labeled an F250

Here's a good write up:

http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/35...ll-joints.html

My guesstimate on time 6-8 hours on the first side, 2-3 on the second and this is for both joints - and you really need to do both. The first side takes into consideration chasing tools and your vertical learning curve. There is a pretty good chance you will need a couple of big sockets - Sears has them. You will probably need a ball joint press - mine came cheap from Ebay and I have since used it often for U-joints as well as several sets of ball joints. Advance/Auto Zone have loaners, but they may be trashed. You will need a BF hammer, jack stands, a fairly good jack plus I use one of those little 2T trolley jacks as well.

I wouldn't use any other replacement parts but the greaseable MOOGs.

If it's that 'light' F250, then the ball joints are the same as an F150. That procedure can be found as well on the website above.

As long as you have the front end apart, it's time to clean and relube the front 4 wd mechanism (which reminds me ) and maybe even do a brake job

Oh yeah - mine is an F350

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I have a Ford F250 4x4
What year is it ?


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I replaced them on my Expedition (same as F150) and the ball joint press was absolutely mandatory. I don't think I could find a big enough hammer and enough clearance to swing it to remove them by just knocking them out. Even with the press I was surprised how much pressure it took to pop them out of the A-frame. Pressing them back in was fairly easy, in comparison.

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it is a 1986 so I haven't tackled it yet I had to take my compressor in for repairs but all help is greatly appreciated that way when I start hope fully it will go smooth
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Thanks Irelands child for the link it helped out. I finally got my air compressor back and It took me about 8 - 9 hrs for the one side and about 3 for the other side. I was cussing a few times but for the most part it went ok
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