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Old 04-06-2011, 07:33 AM   #1
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On my 94 4x4 I need to change the drivers side ball joints.

I understand I'll need:

Ball joint press
4-prong spindle nut socket
snap ring pliers

But I only have wrenches and sockets up to 18mm on hand and will need to buy larger size wrenches if I need them.....

Anyone know what size wrench I'll need to get the top and bottom ball joint nuts off?
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Old 04-06-2011, 07:41 AM   #2
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21mm i believe it is...

read this page, it has everything you want to know, should be the same style everything (i hope)

http://www.cfht.hawaii.edu/~grant/ra...t/install.html
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Old 04-06-2011, 07:55 AM   #3
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Na, thats a 2000, which has a newer suspension style. My truck has the older TTB style, but I believe its not exactly the same as the older pre-90 broncos....
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ohhhh, damn... lol

give me a moment i'll get you more info...

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* SUSPENSION & STEERING
* 4-WHEEL DRIVE FRONT SUSPENSION
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1. Check and adjust the front wheel bearings. Raise and support the vehicle.

2. Have a helper grasp the lower edge of the tire and move the wheel assembly in and out.

3. While the wheel is being moved, observe the lower spindle arm and the lower part of the axle jaw.

4. A 1 / 32 in. (0.8mm) or greater movement between the lower part of the axle jaw and the lower spindle arm indicates that the lower ball joint must be replaced

5. To check the upper ball joints, while the wheel is being moved, observe the upper spindle arm and the upper part of the axle jaw.

6. A 1 / 32 in. (0.8mm) or greater movement between the upper part of the axle jaw and the upper spindle arm indicates that the upper ball joint must be replaced



REMOVAL & INSTALLATION


Except Mountaineer, 1995-99 Explorer and 1998-99 Ranger

The ball joints are arranged such that if the upper ball joint is to be removed, the lower ball joint must be removed first. Also, when installing the upper ball joint, the lower ball joint must be installed first. Failure to install the lower ball joint before the upper, will result in a lack of clearance for the installation tool.

1. Remove the steering knuckle.

2. Place knuckle in vise and remove snapring from bottom ball joint socket if so equipped.

3. Assemble the C-frame, T74P-461-C, forcing screw, D79T-3010-AE and ball joint remover T83T-3050-A or equivalent on the lower ball joint.

4. Turn forcing screw clockwise until the lower ball joint is removed from the steering knuckle.

5. Repeat the previous steps for the upper ball joint.



Always remove and install the lower ball joint first
To install:

6. Clean the steering knuckle bore and insert lower ball joint in knuckle as straight as possible. The lower ball joint doesn't have a cotter pin hole in the stud.

7. Assemble the C-frame, T74P-461-C, forcing screw, D790T-3010-AE, ball joint installer, T83T-3050-A and receiver cup T80T-3010-A3 or equivalent tools, to install the lower ball joint.

8. Turn the forcing screw clockwise until the lower ball joint is firmly seated. Install the snapring on the lower ball joint.



If the ball joint cannot be installed to the proper depth, realignment of the receiver cup and ball joint installer will be necessary.

9. Repeat the previous steps for the upper ball joint.

10. Install the steering knuckle.



Mountaineer, 1995-99 Explorer and 1998-99 Ranger

The ball joints on the Mountaineer, 1995-99 Explorer and 1998-99 Ranger are integral with the control arms. If the ball joint is defective, the entire control arm must be replaced. Refer to the appropriate control arm removal & installation procedures later in the section.



however....... a little bit of searching would have turned up this thread for you ;) last post was the day before yesterday too lol

http://therangerstation.com/forums/s...d.php?t=106006
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Old 04-06-2011, 10:57 AM   #5
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well thats good info on the procedure, but I think I've got that covered.

I'm looking to see if anyone can verify what size wrenches i'll need for those ball joint nuts. 1-1/8" or 1-15/16"? bigger? smaller? I only have up to 18mm on hand so I'll need to go pick up the right size before I start the job
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did you check the thread i posted a link to?

i'm about 99% sure it's bigger than 21
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Im 95% sure the ball joint nut us a 24mm.
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on the lower BJ has a castle nut on it, i think it's a 13/16, i cant remember. i just finished attaching my knuckles to my d35, i cant remember right now.

i'd get an impact gun as well. i used a cheap eletric one that i got when i worked at autozone (the manager was gonna throw it away). it makes using the BJ press 100 times easier.

i'd get some PB blaster as well

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According to this its a 1-1/8" wrench, but this is on a Bronco and my lower ball joints are listed for only 93-97 rangers/explorers/navajos so I'm not sure thats reliable

http://www.off-road.com/trucks-4x4/t...ent-18945.html

I guess I can just see what nut is on the new ball joint when I get it and hope its the same size as what's installed in the truck now....

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did you check the thread i posted a link to?

i'm about 99% sure it's bigger than 21
I read the whole thing through, but I didnt see where it stated what size wrenches to use.

I'm not worried about the top because that pinch bolt looks smaller than 18mm anyway so I'm sure I'll get that one, its just the lower.

I've got lots of PB blaster, pneumatic impact, a BFH, but I think I'm going to take the knuckle to a shop to have them press out the old ball joints/press in the new ones just so I dont have to buy a ball joint press, i'll just borrow a buddies car. Should take them all of 15 minutes tops IMO.
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