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In this video I show the process I use to replace the lower ball joints in a Ford Escape.
TOOLS USED IN THIS VIDEO:
*Astro 78807 5-Piece Pickle Fork Ball Joint Separator Set: https://amzn.to/2TKs5N1
*Astro 7897 Ball Joint Service Tool Kit and Master Adapter Set: https://amzn.to/2DYCqjL
*Astro 9401 10-Piece Snap Ring Pliers Set: https://amzn.to/2ByAkER
*LCAT6803 Lower Control Arm Tool: https://amzn.to/2DYCCzv
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48 thoughts on “Ford escape: lower ball joints”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ryan Taube says:

    I don’t want to sound gay but I love you buddy you are so smart and have helped me out tremendously 🥰😘

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars david menhart says:

    I've spent 4 hours trying to get my ball joint out and you did it in less than 4 minutes, haha. I've going to try some of the ideas you used and see if I can get it to break free. I have a Mazda CX-9, looks like the same exact setup though.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars WorldTravelerMan says:

    Good video. I happen to have brand new sealed 2013-18 Ford Escape Front Driver Side Lower Control Arm with BallJoint

    Ford Mazda Volvo Front Sway Bar Link TRQ Automotive Part # 1assl00440

    2014-2018 Ford Escape, transit, Focus, C-Max Inner & Outer 4 Piece Tie Rod Set TRQ Automotive PSA87436

    I sold my car and don't need them now. Make any offer. Let me know. Thanks.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars fpsOklahoma says:

    Haha made that same tool for a different job.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jimmmmmy Pokemon Plug 🔌🐱 says:

    How much do you charge for this ? 🤔

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Edward Bolton says:

    Great video. Great mechanics make everything look easy and you've accomplished that. Thank you

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars J. Mark Krzystofiak says:

    Fancy green color to improve your quarter mile times!
    Great video as always fella!

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Don Fast says:

    Excellent video man. Thanks!

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gweedo Murray says:

    Gotta love a guy who uses "antisneez"; makes subsequent disassembly easier.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars German Vasquez says:

    The best explanation ever

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Southern says:

    Best pub name "The Slaughtered Lamb" from the movie American werewolf in London. Remember the Alamo…

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars vikingcove says:

    You gave me some tips I'd not seen in other videos. Thank you. I don't know if you did it (I only watched your video to about 6 minutes), and not a tip I'd seen elsewhere, but I found that removing the upper strut > knuckle bolt & loosening the lower bolt made removing & re-installing the ball joint stud MUCH easier. It allowed me to match the angle of the stud to the arc of the swing — you'll know what I mean if you try it.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars steve kenley says:

    I use brushes for gun barrels to clean up rusty areas.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Dickerson says:

    I love the "HOT ROD GREEN"

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Dickerson says:

    I prefer to use "White Lithium Grease" to install part's with rubber on them. But youdid a great job 👏

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Zoran S says:

    The TTX ball joints are junk in my opinion.. I bought them for my RAM 5500 6.7L diesel.. and installed them… The steering was awful.. and the axel seals kept blowing on me.. so I had enough after checking everything.. finally I remove them after a year.. and I bought the Mopar ones from the dealer.. turns out the TTX's were the WRONG size.. the ball joint seat circumference was 2.76". And the Mopar ones were 2.69" needles to say the Mopar ones went in really nice and I haven't had any issues after that… Just in case anyone else is going thru the same thing.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shade Tree Mech says:

    Love the music and camera work in the end. Your productions are getting more professional.

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Max Headroom says:

    Thanks dude, I was having an issue getting these off of one. I never thought of using to forks like that.

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars markevans1973 says:

    Lovely pro job .do a job with pride . Most shops just swap it no never seize and hammer old bolt back in no cleaning .

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ascended696 says:

    Word of advice for anyone Trying this North of Tennessee… and especially Canada… If you're trying to push the balljoint out of the trailing arm with a press kit. if it will not budge… Get the press tight as a drum, make sure it is centered, Then get an air chisel or hammer and drift… and wack the ever living fuck out of the base downwards from the top side, careful cause when it pops…. it pops xD

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars chevy6299 says:

    I'm not the only one to use two pickle forks to get a ball joint off.

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cyr Media says:

    Emery cloth is sanded cloth(originall), sand paper is on paper. Maybe

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars kennethdante says:

    Holy S(*& t …. I just had a terrifying one hour of thinking I screwed the pooch on this control arm replacement. (figured there was more risk in getting that ball joint out). Some of this stuff you need both hands and a knee plus a pry bar. Also don't be putting too much pressure on the hub after you get the ball joint free cause the drive axle will not like it and next thing you know you are feeling the terror deep inside like what have I done. Somehow it popped back into place and I was jiggling it forever… all of a sudden with the right angle and pressure from my knee it just popped back into place. I seriously thought I was up a creek w no paddle. No lie I have adrenaline still.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars kennethdante says:

    interesting the neighborhood Firestone guys think those balljoints don't come out of these control arms

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars kennethdante says:

    Awesome video!!! Very satisfying to watch. I don't have the tools…. I'm torn about having a shop do it. If I thought they'd do as good of job as you I would take it in. I have trust issues!

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeff Jankiewicz says:

    I have used Mevotech parts, reminds me of Dorman parts. Ball joints did not last 9 months.

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shawn Robinson says:

    Just get you a Milwaukee

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Astinder Singhera says:

    Great video, how can tell if bushings and ball joint are bad without taking it apart…. thanks

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Roadrunner Operations LLC says:

    thumbs up for the rusty nipple

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars steve walker says:

    Thank you for sharing

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Patrick Allen says:

    still would like more detail on piece your using on ball stud patickallen85@yahoo this job coming up soon

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Patrick Allen says:

    would like more detailed info what was @ the top of ball stud please show more detailed & intimately -SHOW- didn't SEE– any link for lower arm tool- and not intool discription —

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ` says:

    As of the time of this post. SKP ball joints on Rockauto are $6 plus ship. With nips. The Mevo TTX in the video? $25. Compare to the stores? Autozone's Duralast is $45. Napper has it for $57 with a cheapo for $34.

    Control arms on these are relatively inexpensive. Try it on a Toyota and arms are about $188-$200 at Napper on some models.
    Luckily the Yoda's are bolt-on's. Generally. No nipple. Leave that* one alone too.

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Branden Alexander says:

    Emory Cloth – "you can clean emory thing you can think of" hahahaha you got me rollin with that one!

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Will O'Toole says:

    Man 8 years old and bad ball joints. Those cars are junk from the factory

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars bvt9268 calgaryab says:

    Thank u 4 ur sharing. Excellent

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gumby says:

    Good day, You mention that this ios for a 2011 Ford Escape. I recently seen a similar video for a 2013 Ford Escape and It showed the MOOG part as the replacement ball joint, but I can't find that video anymore. Do you happen to know what Ball Joint I need for the lower control arms on a 2103 Ford Escape? Ford does not call out this part specifically, but rather as the whole control arm with ball joint. The Video I watched showed how to replace the Ball Joint rather than buying the complete control arm.

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ahmed Shantonu says:

    you are amazing!!

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Muddy Tracks says:

    wow, awesome video. came here from the harbor freight web site!

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Nicole Taylor says:

    ( (😥72

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hrel says:

    What is that electric drill? How can it get off hub assembly nuts?! 36mm nuts?! HOW?! What is the spec that allows it? Not the brand name. Masterforce will make it too.

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars It$ LX Music Official says:

    "Lil bit of Lube in that hole"… Works every time… That's what she said! 😆

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Monsieur Patrick says:

    Hello, which adapter do you put on the top for removing the balljoint, the adapter 7897-12 ?
    Thanks for your good advices
    Pat