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zman5588
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Registered: Feb 2003
Location: Philadelphia
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Ball joint

I just went in for my 50k service and they told me my ball joint was shot. I guess this explains the "thump" I would hear when I would make right turns while going over a little bump. I was just wondering how intensive is the service? Will I need an alignment after it's replaced?


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bananaboat
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Registered: Dec 2002
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Depends on which ball joint. The stabilizer links have two ball joints each and have short life spans. $20 each to replace, easy to reach and no alignment needed. Other ball joints can be a different story...


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zman5588
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It's the wheel ball joint. They quoted $380. I feel kind of good because I have the ESP that covers it for a $50 deductable.


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zman5588
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Just got the Escape back. The lower ball joint had to be replaced for $340.00. Thanks to the Ford ESP it was $50 for me. It was funny conversation with the Ford tech and myself trying to relate the ball joint "thunk" to the sway bar "Jingle" sound.


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WayFastWhitey
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Registered: Jun 2004
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Sorry I did not see this sooner, I had the same problem with mine but I did not have the ESP so I ended up doing it myself for 1/2 the cost. The part itself was ~60 and I paid another 60 to have it aligned so for 120 I saved myself the 220. It was really easy and done in an hour!

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4x2
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Did ya drill out rivets to get the old one off?


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ove1
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Registered: Mar 2002
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Ford sells the replacement ball joint and lower control arm as a unit. I don't know if the the ball joint can be pressed out or if there is an aftermarket ball joint available. Would be nice if there was and it had a grease zerk.

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najaboy
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Awhile back, I had a ball joint dry out on my Mustang. The quick & easy fix was to put a needle on a grease gun and inject some grease into the boot. The puncture was then sealed with RTV.

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WayFastWhitey
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WayFastWhitey

Did ya drill out rivets to get the old one off?



ovel is right, Ford only sells the lower control arm and ball joint as one unit. After it was jacked up and the tire removed it was 3 simply bolts to undo and replace then torque down. After that I took it for an alignment and all was well. I have done some evil lower control arm replacements and this was not one of them. It was remarkably simple.

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4x2
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RE

WayFastWhitey,

Glad to hear it's that easy.

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