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93 XLT Ball Joints?

Discussion in 'Stock 1991 - 1994 Explorers' started by n0c7, September 25, 2007.

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      93 Explorer XLT, V6 4X4, both front wheels have play up and down, solid from left to right. I know in most cars this means its the ball joints, does the same apply for 4X4, or is there something else I should consider? Had the thing aligned over a year ago, always pulled to the right before and after, and they never bothered to mention that the wheels have play. :rolleyes: It barely gets any mileage so I'm just finally getting around to giving it an overhaul.
       
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      ...you are correct on the ball joints...right side is a common problem on the first gen's...the steering set up goes pretty regular also...at least they are inexpensive...;)
       
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      I've done regular upper and lower ball joints on cars, pop them off and rebolt. The Chilton's manual says I need some sort of special tool, looks a bit more involved. Any tips? Unfortunately this may be something I need to complete in one shot as we'll be out of a vehicle with my other car requiring more serious attention and I'm using the Explorer as primary transportation. yay. :cool:
       
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      I got a 93 EXP 4x4 and have had to change my ball joints about every 60,000 miles (done it three times).

      If you have a Autozone nearby they have a loan a tool program to loan you the ball press. I know some other places also do a loan a tool.

      If you put the new ball joint in the freezer first overnight, some guys tells you it goes in much easier.

      I know harbor freight sells a ball joint tool but also need the 4x4 kit.

      Be sure to change both upper/lower.

      I used my clintons manual to change also - not that bad of a job - but just need a good place to work on the truck. Also if you need new brake pads - good time to change.
       
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      Turned out to be the wheel bearings, repacked, tightened, all good.
       

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