Go Back   Ford Mustang Forums > Mustang > V6 Mustang > V6 Tech

Welcome to our Mustang forums where Mustangers come together to hang out, discuss and enjoy their favorite Mustang hobby with fellow Mustang enthusiasts. We invite everyone to read, post, and enjoy our Mustang forum as well as the many other sections of our site.

You are currently viewing our forums as a guest. By joining our community you gain access to post topics, communicate with members, upload your photos and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and free so why wait, join our Mustang community today! If you have any problems with registration or your account login, please contact support.

1979-2004 V6 Mustang Tech Discussions

V6 Forums | V6 Talk | V6 Tech | 2005+ V6 Tech | V6 Pictures | Introductions | General Tech | Lounge 


Reply   Post New Thread
Unread 05-21-2009   #1 (permalink)
Mustang_furien2 is offline Rookie

V6 Member


Joined: Feb 2009
Posts: 21 Threads: 6
 Mustang_furien2's Country Flag
Milwaukee   Wisconsin
Mustang_furien2 is on a distinguished road
Exclamation Need help! How do you remove the lower ball joint on 2000 Mustang

Need instruction on how to remove and install lower ball joint on 2000 ford Mustang v6 3.8L engine. If any one has pics, video or just plane instructions, I would greatly appreciate any info.
Thanks!
Junior:shiny:
Mustang_furien2 is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Unread 05-22-2009   #2 (permalink)
shinerstang is offline Top Dog

V6 Member


Joined: Mar 2006
Posts: 8,362 Threads: 80
 shinerstang's Country Flag  View shinerstang's 17 photos  View shinerstang's HomePage
Greensburg   Kentucky
shinerstang is on a distinguished road
Default

Jack up car, remove wheel. Remove lower strut bolts. Remove nut to ball joint. Either get a ball joint separator or a big MF hammer to bang down on the ball joint to remove. Remember if you use the hammer, you need to brace to lower arm so it doesn't move when you hit it. We use another floor jack. Once it is out, install the new one.

It is best if you have air tools for this procedure so the ball joint doesn't spin when removing or installing the nut.
__________________
2002 V6 Turbo 10:25@134.52
2001 V6 Nitrous 12:94@104.88
shinerstang is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Unread 05-22-2009   #3 (permalink)
brass_check is offline Rookie

V6 Member


Joined: Aug 2008
Posts: 6 Threads: 1
 brass_check's Country Flag
Snow Hill   North Carolina
brass_check is on a distinguished road
Default

yea man, like shinerstang said, best if u have air tools. they actually make hand tools to remove them, but u will need a HUGE hammer to do it. I was goin to replace mine, but luckily I had bad tie-rod ends. which are way easier to replace. I would just pay a shop to it if I didn't have the tools. My buddy had to take his control arms to the shop to get them pressed in.
__________________
2000 Mustang V6 5spd
18inch Custom Wheels
Custom H-Pipe w/ Flowmaster 40's
Custom Cold Air Intake
GTO Blackout Rear Light covers
brass_check is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Unread 05-22-2009   #4 (permalink)
Pro Mustang is offline Made Member

V6 Member
4.6L Member
5.0L Member


Joined: Nov 2007
Posts: 920 Threads: 96
 Pro Mustang's Country Flag  View Pro Mustang's 16 photos
Colorado Springs   Colorado
Pro Mustang is on a distinguished road
Default

Checker Auto has a press (kind of a big C-Clamp with adapters that presses the ball joint out and presses the new one in. Takes a bit of effort but IMO it is better than that huge hammer.

I guess I should tell you to be careful and be sure you support the A-Arm with a floor jack before undoing the ball joint nut or the spring will come out in your face!!!! NOT GOOD!!!
__________________
IT IS WHAT WE DO TODAY THAT MATTERS!!!!
The past is the past, can't change the past.
The future is tomorrow and no one knows about tomorrow.
IT IS WHAT WE DO TODAY THAT MATTERS!!!!
Pro Mustang is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Unread 05-23-2009   #5 (permalink)
LunchBox6 is offline Rookie


Joined: May 2009
Posts: 15 Threads: 0
 LunchBox6's Country Flag
Crosby   Texas
LunchBox6 is on a distinguished road
Default

Just suck it up and pay the $$ for the shop to do it and save yourself the headache. its not that much money and they do it really quick.

Right now my shop is doing my front lower control arms. Tumbling and repainting with new balljoints ect.
__________________
2000 V6
Bullitt Mustang Suspension, Steeda Rear Shock Tower Brace, Steeda Strut Tower Brace, Prothane Bushing Kit, Prothane Transmission Mount and Crossmember, StangWires 9mm HP Plug Wires, Steeda Adjustable Rear Swaybar, Steeda Aluminum Lower Rear Control Arms, Steeda Battery Relocation , Steeda Oil Seperator ,Steeda Full Length Powder Coated Subframe Connectors, CAI, Underdrive Pully
LunchBox6 is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Unread 05-23-2009   #6 (permalink)
shinerstang is offline Top Dog

V6 Member


Joined: Mar 2006
Posts: 8,362 Threads: 80
 shinerstang's Country Flag  View shinerstang's 17 photos  View shinerstang's HomePage
Greensburg   Kentucky
shinerstang is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LunchBox6 View Post
Just suck it up and pay the $$ for the shop to do it and save yourself the headache. its not that much money and they do it really quick.

Right now my shop is doing my front lower control arms. Tumbling and repainting with new balljoints ect.
That's not why we are here..... He is asking because he doesn't want to pay a shop to do it. It is a $15.00 part, and he wants to learn.....
__________________
2002 V6 Turbo 10:25@134.52
2001 V6 Nitrous 12:94@104.88
shinerstang is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Unread 05-23-2009   #7 (permalink)
LunchBox6 is offline Rookie


Joined: May 2009
Posts: 15 Threads: 0
 LunchBox6's Country Flag
Crosby   Texas
LunchBox6 is on a distinguished road
Default

Didnt realize i was stepping on anyone's toes by suggesting that the $15 shop charge was worth the headache of removing the old and pressing in the new.
__________________
2000 V6
Bullitt Mustang Suspension, Steeda Rear Shock Tower Brace, Steeda Strut Tower Brace, Prothane Bushing Kit, Prothane Transmission Mount and Crossmember, StangWires 9mm HP Plug Wires, Steeda Adjustable Rear Swaybar, Steeda Aluminum Lower Rear Control Arms, Steeda Battery Relocation , Steeda Oil Seperator ,Steeda Full Length Powder Coated Subframe Connectors, CAI, Underdrive Pully
LunchBox6 is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Unread 05-23-2009   #8 (permalink)
green4money00 is offline Apprentice


Joined: May 2009
Posts: 140 Threads: 3
 green4money00's Country Flag
woodbridge   Virginia
green4money00 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LunchBox6 View Post
Didnt realize i was stepping on anyone's toes by suggesting that the $15 shop charge was worth the headache of removing the old and pressing in the new.

$15 shop charge? what ghetto shop are you going to? flat rate for that job is probably around 2 hours. thats well over $175 at my shop, plus parts and fees
green4money00 is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Unread 05-23-2009   #9 (permalink)
Pro Mustang is offline Made Member

V6 Member
4.6L Member
5.0L Member


Joined: Nov 2007
Posts: 920 Threads: 96
 Pro Mustang's Country Flag  View Pro Mustang's 16 photos
Colorado Springs   Colorado
Pro Mustang is on a distinguished road
Default

I actually messed up a bit on my earlier post. Be sure you have the car on jack stands and then support the A-arm with a floor jack before undoing the strut bolts.
__________________
IT IS WHAT WE DO TODAY THAT MATTERS!!!!
The past is the past, can't change the past.
The future is tomorrow and no one knows about tomorrow.
IT IS WHAT WE DO TODAY THAT MATTERS!!!!
Pro Mustang is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Unread 05-23-2009   #10 (permalink)
LunchBox6 is offline Rookie


Joined: May 2009
Posts: 15 Threads: 0
 LunchBox6's Country Flag
Crosby   Texas
LunchBox6 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by green4money00 View Post
$15 shop charge? what ghetto shop are you going to? flat rate for that job is probably around 2 hours. thats well over $175 at my shop, plus parts and fees
If he removes the control arm and takes the part into the shop it will not take 2 hours to remove and replace the ball joint.

If he has the shop do all of the work. Sure. If he does not have all of the proper tools to press in the joint, he can be in for a big pain.
__________________
2000 V6
Bullitt Mustang Suspension, Steeda Rear Shock Tower Brace, Steeda Strut Tower Brace, Prothane Bushing Kit, Prothane Transmission Mount and Crossmember, StangWires 9mm HP Plug Wires, Steeda Adjustable Rear Swaybar, Steeda Aluminum Lower Rear Control Arms, Steeda Battery Relocation , Steeda Oil Seperator ,Steeda Full Length Powder Coated Subframe Connectors, CAI, Underdrive Pully
LunchBox6 is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Unread 05-23-2009   #11 (permalink)
232-K7 is offline Senior Member

V6 Member


Joined: Oct 2008
Posts: 2,871 Threads: 16
 232-K7's Country Flag  View 232-K7's 13 photos  View 232-K7's HomePage
Cape Coral   Florida
232-K7 is on a distinguished road
Send a message via AIM to 232-K7
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LunchBox6 View Post
If he removes the control arm and takes the part into the shop it will not take 2 hours to remove and replace the ball joint.
just like 95% of CP work.

that's the joy of being flat rate...
__________________
-2000 3.8L TKO600, 1.8 60ft, 8.71 @ 81mph
-1988 Jeep XJ, bone stock 2wd
-1994 Jeep XJ 4wd, 3" lift, 31" tires.. rust in peace..
-1997 Jeep XJ 4wd, 7" lift, 35" tires, front/rear lockers

-Bronze Level Porsche Technician
232-K7 is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Unread 05-23-2009   #12 (permalink)
LunchBox6 is offline Rookie


Joined: May 2009
Posts: 15 Threads: 0
 LunchBox6's Country Flag
Crosby   Texas
LunchBox6 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LunchBox6 View Post
If he removes the control arm and takes the part into the shop it will not take 2 hours to remove and replace the ball joint.

If he has the shop do all of the work. Sure. If he does not have all of the proper tools to press in the joint, he can be in for a big pain.
Either way, here is a video link that will give you a pretty good idea as to what to do. It is not a mustang specific video but you should get the idea and make your own decisions from there. If you look at this and dont feel comfortable doing the work dont do it. Have a professional do it. Of all the parts on your car you really dont want to jack up, your suspension or steering is probably top on that list. Going fast is great but being able to steer is much more important.
__________________
2000 V6
Bullitt Mustang Suspension, Steeda Rear Shock Tower Brace, Steeda Strut Tower Brace, Prothane Bushing Kit, Prothane Transmission Mount and Crossmember, StangWires 9mm HP Plug Wires, Steeda Adjustable Rear Swaybar, Steeda Aluminum Lower Rear Control Arms, Steeda Battery Relocation , Steeda Oil Seperator ,Steeda Full Length Powder Coated Subframe Connectors, CAI, Underdrive Pully
LunchBox6 is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Unread 05-24-2009   #13 (permalink)
green4money00 is offline Apprentice


Joined: May 2009
Posts: 140 Threads: 3
 green4money00's Country Flag
woodbridge   Virginia
green4money00 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LunchBox6 View Post
If he removes the control arm and takes the part into the shop it will not take 2 hours to remove and replace the ball joint.

If he has the shop do all of the work. Sure. If he does not have all of the proper tools to press in the joint, he can be in for a big pain.
it probably wont take 2 hours for a professional to do it, it just pays over 2 hours. and if someone brought us a control arm to press out an old balljoint and press in a new one we would charge at least a half hour labor minimum. ive never heard of anywhere that would do that for $15
green4money00 is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Unread 05-24-2009   #14 (permalink)
Mustang_furien2 is offline Rookie

V6 Member


Joined: Feb 2009
Posts: 21 Threads: 6
 Mustang_furien2's Country Flag
Milwaukee   Wisconsin
Mustang_furien2 is on a distinguished road
Default

Thanks to all who have answered my question. I'm going to tackle this today and I'll let you guys know how it's going.
Mustang_furien2 is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Unread 05-24-2009   #15 (permalink)
shinerstang is offline Top Dog

V6 Member


Joined: Mar 2006
Posts: 8,362 Threads: 80
 shinerstang's Country Flag  View shinerstang's 17 photos  View shinerstang's HomePage
Greensburg   Kentucky
shinerstang is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pro Mustang View Post
I actually messed up a bit on my earlier post. Be sure you have the car on jack stands and then support the A-arm with a floor jack before undoing the strut bolts.
Good point......
__________________
2002 V6 Turbo 10:25@134.52
2001 V6 Nitrous 12:94@104.88
shinerstang is offline  
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply   Post New Thread



Thread Tools



Mustang Photos
Mustang Links    Top Sites    RSS    Link To Us    Add to Favorites    Archive    Terms of Use    Site Rules    Privacy    Contact    Sponsors    Advertise   
AllFordMustangs is not affiliated with or endorsed by Ford Motor Company. ©Copyright 2002-2011 All Auto Enthusiasts Network

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162