Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: How to replace lower ball joints?

asked by on

How to replace lower ball joints

My car has 120000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. To replace the lower ball joints on a 2003 Ford Taurus, perform the following steps:

  • (1). Raise up the vehicle and put it on jack stands
  • (2). Remove the tires that are associated with the ball joints that you are going to replace
  • (3). Remove the cotter pin to the lower ball joint, take the castle nut off, and lower the ball joint fall loose
  • (4). Remove the bolts to the inner rod on the lower control arm and remove the lower control arm
  • (5). Grind or chisel off the rivets from the lower control arm that hold the ball joint is place (3 rivets)
  • (6). Punch out the ball joint and bracket from the lower control arm.
  • (7). Install the new bracket and ball joint into the lower control arm and secure it with the bolts that it came with (put red loctite on the bolts)
  • (8). Install the lower control arm into the car with new bushings and install a new inner rod with new nuts and torque them to specs
  • (9). Push in the ball joint into the steering knuckle and install the castle nut
  • (10). Torque down the castle nut to where it’s tight and align up the hole (Do not back off the nut to align up the hole as it will damage the ball joint)
  • (11). Install a new cotter pin in the castle nut and make sure it is secure
  • (12). Put on the tire back on and torque the lug nuts to specs
  • (13). Raise up the vehicle and remove the jack stands and then lower the vehicle to the ground
  • (14). Test drive the vehicle in a short area for to make sure that there is no movement to the control arm

Once the new ball joint is installed, I recommend getting an alignment done on the vehicle to ensure that the vehicle will drive without pulling or scuffing up the tires. If you need further assistance with replacing the lower ball joints, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Sun roof back to far; STUCK

Hello. I myself am not aware of such a tool, however, that certainly does not mean there may not be one available. I would talk to the specific technician that told you about said tool, as he or she is...

Q: I need to remove torsion bar from lower control arm.

Be very careful messing with the torsion bar. It is under an extreme amount of force. Make sure you have all of the tension removed from the torsion bar by loosening the adjustment bolt. Count the number of turns you...

Q: How to replace a fuel filter?

Hi, thanks for writing in. Most of the time Ford fuel filters are fairly easy to replace. Ford fuel filters typically have two plastic clips that hold the filter in place. The plastic clips can usually be pried out with...

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.