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Old 02-11-2012, 07:17 PM
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Nothing real exciting----but something that turned real aggravating.

Front end squeaking in the Crown Vic, only when turning the wheel.

Seals/boots all rotted away on the ball joints, so just to make sure that
"SHE" would not have to worry about losing a ball joint AGAIN, I thought I
would go ahead an replace the lowers to give her a little peace of mind.

should be about a 2-3 hour job to knock a ball joint out and press in a new one--right.

No such luck----worked on that sucker for well over 7 hours and only got
one lower joint replaced.
Finally lost some patience and went and bought a new lower control arm with the ball joint already in it. (actually bought both sides---but only put one on)

That old joint would not come out of the spindle (took impact, BFH, and even broke a puller before applying a bit of heat to get it loose.

then it refused to come out of the control arm---
after a couple of hours of working on that one---with the PROPER tool, it finally came loose, but the new one refused to even come close to

Get the new arm----knock it into place----and all ready to rock&roll in
about 45 minutes.

Just wanted to get the lowers done for safety reasons, as the rest of the joints and tie rod ends will be just fine for another month or so before I can get to them-----and then get the front end aligned.

2002 Crown Vic only has 65k on the clock (bought with 49k four months ago),
and I think everything dry rotted from the Texas heat and lack of use over the years.

Car is like a brand new car except for the groaning the steering wheel was generating when you turned it.

No squeaks now---must have been that lower driver side ball joint.
Next Saturday----the right lower arm
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