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ball joint easy change (in theory) has anyone done it like this before??


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#1 carstecar

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Posted 23 October 2009 - 04:46 PM

Hi,This is my first post so Hi to all, i have just bought 2 replacement ball joints for my mk 3 zetec mondeo as they are knocking a little on a lock, ive got the ones that you fit onto the existing lower arm by grinding the rivets and bolting new ones in their place, anyhow after reading the warnings in the haynes manual about not pulling the lower arm down as it can ruin the rear hydro mount i think i have devised a way of avoiding dropping the subframe (although someones prob done this before)

Right..... jack up and remove the wheel and caliper including caliper mount and disc, grind the rivets out of old ball joint in situ, remove the ball joint pinch bolt then get a trolley jack and jack up under the hub assy to raise it up by a few inches allowing the lower arm to be lowered away from the hub after cracking old ball joint off, fit new one and bolt it up!
hopefully re fitting is a reversal of above etc etc,
havin a go tomo will post how it goes.

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Posted 23 October 2009 - 05:03 PM

i just handed teh keys to a trusted mech & let him have all the heartache when my mota needed both lower arm balljoints a couple of years ago.

he fitted the type like you have where you remove the old ones & bolt in the new uns & they have been ok since.

pretty sure they never dropped the subframe so your method is probably similar to what they used.
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Posted 23 October 2009 - 08:29 PM

Yeah hopefully, i cant see why it wont work, will find out tomo.Just hope the new one locates easily but dropping the subframe just to change a ball joint is rediculous. Nice car by the way, checked out your mods you got too much time on your hands lol. :laugh:

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Posted 23 October 2009 - 08:51 PM

After grinding the top and bottom heads of the rivets, I had to also drill them out, as even with grinding the ends of, they still wouldn't come out from the balljoint
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Posted 24 October 2009 - 11:39 AM

Yeah, i failed miserably, got soaked in the rain and after grinding out the heads on 2 rivets they still wouldnt budge and couldnt get a good swing with a hammer and punch under the car :annoyed: so got a refund on the ball joints and got full wishbones instead, payin a local mech to fit them on wed. I have worked on a lot of cars over the years no prob but ford seem to design their cars to be a delibarate pain in the a**e.

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Posted 24 October 2009 - 03:55 PM

i learned that yonks back, thought i would take the cheap option when my alternator failed ( did not fancy the £200 ish for a dealer part & was not too keen on the £100 for a recon unit ( both + fitting ) so i took a trip to a scrappers & got one for the princly sum of £20 ( & got £5 back when i took back my old unit too :D ) & set to fitting the begger myself as it looked easy enough looking at the alternator i had just purchased :}

i then got home & saw its location & did a readup of whats involved & did not like it one bit but carried on & chucked the haynes away with its complicated ways :} & eventually got it swapped out & its been fine since so i did well really but since then i have taken it to a mech for anything thats not just a simple undo & replace job as my car hates me so makes stuff as difficult as possible ( to the point where the mechs at the garage i use hide when they see me coming as the car always gives them trouble too :} )
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Posted 24 October 2009 - 04:16 PM

Lol, sounds about right, ive not had a ford for a long time before this one, sorry i got rid of my passat that was great, never let me down in the 75000 miles i had it, and the ball joints, although there are 8 on the front.....yes 8 were easy to change and not too expensive, also gone from 200 miles off 20 quid with the VW down to 130 miles off 20 quid with this but it drives superb so will keep it for now :)

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 02:13 PM

another way maby....get a g clamp, cut the top of the thread and grind to a punch, then put a big nut the g side to allow the top of the rivet to go through, then grind one side of the rivet and wind out, yes i know i think i think to much

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Posted 18 November 2009 - 06:33 PM

After reading this thread, I am glad it's not just me who takes their Mondeo to a mechanic.
I too have worked on every car I have owned, until buying a mk3. Everything is just a total pain to do on it.
I even took it to kwik fit to have to oil and filter changed :headshake: Mind you, they did the job for under thirty quid, which was less than the oil alone would have cost me!.

So I think it will be off to the garage again early next month to have the front nearside ball joint done.
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Posted 21 November 2009 - 02:59 AM

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