You have to replace the whole control arm on front upper ball joints in that particular vehicle.
In the valley under the upper intake.
where the upper rad hose meets the engine
To do so would be a waste of money, replace the upper ball joints first, then have it aligned.
ON THE TOP OF THE ENGINE WHERE THE UPPER RADIATOR HOUSE CONNECTS...
which ones? upper or lower?
There are no upper ball joints - that role is played by the McPherson struts. See "Related Questions" below for more
Should be in a removable housing at the engine end of the upper radiator hose
I've done it on a 1996 ram 1500 it's a pain and you have no choice but to replace both the upper and lower
replace the upper control arm and take it to aligment shop it will be the right process
Most of these now require changing the entire arm when replacing the upper ball joints. Any national parts chain will carry them.
It should be the same as for a 2002 Mercury Cougar which is answered in WikiAnswer under the Question; " How to remove alternator from a 2002 Mercury Cougar 2.5L V6." The 2000 Cougar may be different by having an upper alternator BOLT. If it does, and you can't lift the bolt out (after fully loosening the bolt), lower the alternator and you can, then, lift the bolt out. When you begin to install the alternator (attach the power wire, and the wire connector) place the BOLT in the upper hole in the alternator, and THEN, raise the alternator to install.
Follow the upper radiator hose to engine--should be located in housing that hose connects too.
The IACV on a '99 Mercury Cougar V6 is on the top right of the Upper intake manifold, there is a hose leading from the intake tubing to the IACV. On the I4 Zetec Cougar, I am not sure where the IACV is, though I believe it is on the side of the throttle body.
Change lower ball joints on a 96 gmC 4 by 4
This depends on upper or lower ball joints. If you need to replace the upper ball joints, you must replace the upper control arm. For the lowers, you will need a ball joint press, and some snap ring pliers. Be careful with the spring when taking the spindle apart from the control arms. (spring type suspension) Have to unload the torsion bar (Torsion Bar suspension) You will need a special tool to do this
To replace ball joints on a 2004 2WD Ranger, lift the upper control arm of the spindle assembly and remove the nut holding the lower ball joint in place. Then lower the lower control arm to relieve the ball joints. Replace with new.Ê
Hi there,I have a 94 Mercury Marquis It cost me $19.00 for the balljoint and I did it myself.The labor is what is going to cost you.Its not hard at all to replace yourself.I did both sides of mine for under $40.00.All shops have different prices. I also did mine myself. Ball joints should be $20-$35 / ea depending on brand and quality and it take just a few tools to do. There are some good instructions specific to your vehicle at... http://www.autoclinix.com/Mercury/BallJoints.html Be sure and have a front-end alignment done after you replace the ball joints.
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You can replace just the ball joints on the lower control arms , but the upper ball joints come with a new control arm
UNDER HOOD, CENTER, UPPER ENGINE AREA, MOUNTED ON TOP FRONT DRIVER SIDE OF ENGINE
you will probably need a ball joint press and a splitter
on the upper ball joints just remove the four bolts on the upper control arm and use a picker fork to remove the balljoint from the steering knuckle. for the lower ball joints you have to remove the axle then repeat the same steps for the uppers
I just paid $400 for upper ball joints on a 2001 dodge ram van. Also had to get $50 alignment. That was at Tire Discounters.