Make sure everything is working. Reinstall the knuckle into the housing and loosely install the nuts on the ball joints. Also make sure you have installed a new yellow o-ring on the hub and put the disc brake shield back on. It is shown in the photo below. This can be hard to remove, it will come off though.
The second groove does not. Again, if the hole does not line up, tighten a little more until it does. This article applies to the Ford. Newer brakes, oil just changed and regularly changed every. Watch this video for more information. A dremel works great for this, the zerk need not even be removed.
I ended up tapping on it pretty good with a hammer on a block of wood. You can tell when they start failing by the noises coming from your front wheel and the lack of steering response. Remember how they came off because one of them is different and has to be in the middle of the two round washers. On the other side, I ended up using another larger posi-lock puller. This common F-150 truck issue might be the culprit. Place knuckle in vice and use a ball joint removal kit to drive out lower and upper ball joints.
Remove the four nuts that hold the wheel bearing and hub assembly to the knuckle and remove the assembly. Do not forget to put the washer onto the axle shaft before putting the hub on. Removing an upper ball joint with a hammer. The various ball joint manufacturers have different requirements, pay particular attention to torque values and the torquing sequence. While you have the outer hub out, it would be a good time to clean it up and grease the needle bearing that is part of the assembly.
It will need to be pulled straight out. Before beginning this project, thoroughly read the instructions that came with your replacement ball joints. With a moderate amount of skill, you can easily save a ton of money in the process. This washer looks grey and has grooves on one side which faces inside against the new main seal. Bought this nice truck off a friend. You will find a pair of snap ring pliers very handy for this.
The lower and upper ball joints must be driven out from the bottom. The subject vehicle is a 2008 Ford F350 Super Duty 4X4 equipped with the power stroke engine however this general process covers many year model Ford Trucks. I found this far easier and faster than removing the ball joint with a ball joint press. Off Road Package, Towing Package, Sliding Back Window, Bed Liner, Power Windows, Mirrors, Door locks. This obviously varies from truck to truck. Lube the outside of the knuckle seal with a good quality grease and reinstall the axle.
Clean out the openings for the joints. Now you're done and you probably save a bit of money! I was uncomfortable doing the top one with a pickle fork because of the camber-adjusting sleeve, so I just beat on the lower one and they both broke free. Pry the caliper away from the caliper mount to compress the pistons in the caliper, then remove the bolts that hold the caliper mount in place. I hear a lot of do-it-yourselfers claim to do both sides in 2 or 3 hours; I don't believe it. Just work with it and it will come out.
What does it cost to have the ball joints replaced? On one side, I was able to just tap the assembly with a hammer and then pull on it very hard and it came right out. This article applies to Ford F-150s. This seal will need to be tapped on with force. The description of this part should include a suggestion to the purchaser. If the axle and bearing are in good shape just clean and re-grease the needle bearing. Remove the snap ring from the lower ball joint. Proper order is shown in the photo below.
Replace the o-ring on the outer hub and install the hub. When you install the wheel bearing it will fully seat where it needs to be. That was because the old bushings were in fact worn down, Even though they didn't look worn. Do not tighten at this time. For instructions on building the special tool,.
Install in reverse order with the upper going in first. A light coating of grease will help it install and seal. I almost couldn't turn the Knuckle by hand. I believe the procedure is the same for model years 1999-2004. Do not forget to replace the yellow o-ring. Grease the outer thrust washers and install followed by the snap ring.