So I finished 1 Ball Joint today. After Numerous Problems and 0 know how when it comes to this stuff I can finally explain how / what to do.
Jack Up Tire(I Know sounds easy but I used an area near the one bolt so that it can lift high enough. Remove Bolts Etc.(Easy Stuff)
Second Gather tools:
13/16th Socket, 18mm Socket, 13/16th Wrench, Adjustable Wrench, Ball Joint Press(Rented), Ball Joint Fork(rented), Impact wrench(Borrowed), breaker bar, 1/2 Ratchet.
Third: (Tools Needed: Hammer, 18mm Socket, Impact Wrench, Universal socket?)
Remove Bolt 1, which is going to be the bolt connecting the ball joint to the steering knuckle. I first removed the nut, this was easy using the impact wrench, Giving it some tug should help. You then need to remove the other side and the corroded mess of a bolt. You will have to use some wd-40 and some hammering but it will eventually come out. I used a universal with the impact wrench to remove.
Fourth: (Tools Needed: 13/16th Socket, 13/16th Wrench, Impact Hammer or Ratchet)
Start undoing the bolt running vertical to the ground that connects the LCA to the chassis. This bolt has a nut that must be held in place with the 13/16th wrench while removing using either impact wrench or ratchet. Once you get that out its pretty simply removed.
Fifth: (Tools Needed: Ratchet, 13/16th Socket, 13/16th Wrench <heckler> my 07 FDII used 3/4" on this bolt </heckler>)
The Bolt that connects parallel to to the ground directly behind the ball joint area/ tire. Its kind of a pain to get to, but you can ratchet out a while using 13/16th Socket then finally use a wrench to get it out. It is the last thing holding the LCA in other than ball joint. I un-popped a few of the pins holding up that black plastic to get in there.
Sixth: (Tools Needed: Ball Joint Fork, Hammer)
I used the ball joint fork to remove the ball joint from the knuckle. This worked easily and i had the lower control arm out in no time at all. <heckler> Don't waste your time not using a balljoint fork. You won't get it apart without the fork. $17 at Canadian Tire </heckler>
Seven: (Tools Needed: Ball Joint Press
I used the ball joint press to be able to remove the old ball joint. I used THIS
video to find out how to remove the old ball joint. I then used THIS
video to see how to press a new one in. WATCH THE SECOND ALL THE WAY THROUGH, teaches you how to get them in straight, which I had problem.
Remember what TAG said, Push out the ball joint that is in there, through the top from the bottom.. Then, press in the new ball joint from the top to the bottom.I'll try for picks next.
<heckler> I ended up using a 10T hydraulic press and some creativity (read annoying waste of time) with a cast iron pipe fitting and some sockets. Then a 1-1/2" PVC pipe coupling ended up being the cheapest (and only) thing I could find that fit over the dust boot to press it onto the joint </heckler>
Eight : Tools Needed: Big Socket
To put the dust boot on the new ball joint, I read this"try the socket trick. It works perfect. Just get a big socket so it goes over the boot and seats on the bottom part that is harder material and tap it couple time and will go in perfectly."
and it seems to work perfectly.
Put C-Ring around Ball Joint (easy) and then put everything back together.
You may want to grease everything and get an alignment, but that is all for actually replacing the ball joint.
It took a while, but I now have knowledge.
Hopefully this helps