In this video we start the process of replacing the front lower control arms / ball joints and the outer tie rod end on this '09 Ford Fusion. It came into the shop with a customer complaint of a "shimmy" and "clunk" in the front end. Doesn't take long to find the worn suspension parts and broken belt in the tire! -Enjoy
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Part I: https://youtu.be/pVCI5Oseem0
Part II: https://youtu.be/0wvrY3ANx-8
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46 thoughts on “Ford fusion: front lower control arms / tie rod / tire /alignment – part i”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jim Rossmeissl says:

    When you lowered the subframe, did you have to do anything with the steering shaft?

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars supergrendel says:

    Were there some bolts behind those plastic splash guards that you had to release in order to get the sub frame loose? In the video you just had a couple vertical bolts that you released and then went straight to those splash guards.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Antonio Claudio Michael says:

    Way to go Ford on the bolt that is pined by the transmission pan

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Antonio Claudio Michael says:

    Every bolt is coming out too easy is this a southern vehicle haven't seen you take out the torch yet Eric O @SouthMainAutoRepairLLC

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Andrew Babich says:

    Do I need to disconnect the steering shaft at the foot well and secure the wheel when lowering the subframe for the rearward control arm?

    A TRQ video shows them do disconnecting the steering and exhaust but would love to avoid it if I can.

    Loooooove these SMA videos, entertaining humor and super educational.

    I couldn't find a big nasty but got a chief air hammer from harbor freight and it drove my ball joints for the most satisfaction I've ever felt in my life.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sharon Mullins says:

    Came here to understand tie rods (just had replaced – 2009 fusion), stayed for the humor. SO funny!

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bob Davis says:

    Hey, appreciate the video really gave me a good place to start from with having to drop the sub frame. A question o have is the Haynes says to disconnect the steering and lock the steering wheel in place, I assume you didn't do that, did you have any issues on the backend with the way you dropped the sub frame?

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike says:

    I own this exact type of car. Been working on my suspension for a few weekends on my free time. I was aware of the tranny problem so I started with the right side first. Fords engineers are jackasses lmao

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Justin Bishop says:

    I just bought a 2012 Ford Fusion. Possibly need new ball joints and it has a shimy in the front end under load. I live 3 hours away from South Main, and most likely will take the trip to have him do the work along with a service/ assessment for preventative maintenance. They are hands down the most trustworthy shop I have ever seen. Anyone in the Northeast would be wise to have their vehicle's worked on by them.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jda79 says:

    My buddies 2008 that I'm doing control arms on, both bushings in both uppers 100% no rubber. You could grab the tire and move it all over the place. I'll say while it in no way helps the bolt placement or idiotic design of this horrid car, here in Phoenix all the bolts come right out

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Parker says:

    I am thoroughly convinced that the genius brains that design cars for Every single auto manufacturer have never touched a wrench in their life. I saw one car the you had to remove the entire front of the car and roll the engine forward to change the back bank of sparks plugs……FML

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Alan Crawford says:

    I ain’t sceerd o’ no bolt. Who ya gonna call? O buster!

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Eric Beard says:

    I had dakota I always had yo remove crossmember.. I used grinder alot drilling out rivets… repairs in few years

    Tires. ..Ac..tranny.. transfer case… drive shaft…wheel bearings…. spiders gear in rear diff.. shocks… there were torque rods on each side I forget name…. theres more it was always some thing

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Eric Beard says:

    I think I've seen you release ball joints 4 ways none with a ballpoint fork is there a reason?.. like rubbet

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jason Keresi says:

    Yeahhhh brother i just replaced every single front end component on a 09 fusion i got from a family member including the knuckles i hated every single second of it. Also I. Jealous how EASY THOSE LOWER CONTROL ARM BOLT CAME OUT.

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Krantwak says:

    Yaassssssssss for that 19.5 socket. Bro literally you are the first person whom I have seen own one of these. I used to use my 19.5 21.5 22.5 when I worked for a dodge dealer. They are amazing!

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mr D says:

    Ford lug nuts SUCK !!! there was a class action suit about them and the Judge threw the case out. I replaced all of mine three years ago. Ford should have stood up and had an exchange your lug nut campaign.

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hola! Wade Biggs says:

    The difference in the bushings is most likely that the OEM is non-serviceable and the NAPA is.

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Action Voyager says:

    Appreciate this entire video!! 2011 Fusion, tie rods and left lower rearward control arm replace. You walked me through it perfect!! Thank You!!

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Victor Pena says:

    Frustrating ain't it.. can't get the bolt out because the transmission is in the way. "Let me step away for 3 seconds.." (before I start throwing things and upset Mrs. O)

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars That American says:

    It's a Ford with 70K plus miles on it. The Tie Rods are gone and so are the Ball Joints.

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars K Kc says:

    Terrible design compared to all focus years yes even 2012+

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Brian Hord says:

    "built like a moron" 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
    I'm stealing this… I guess they don't care who works on em, this model must be the buy and replace when broken, should have come with a sticker, not repair friendly.
    These manufacturers should hire mechanics to do a QC before finalizing each component, duh! That would be thinking too much of the consumer.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jason Wagner says:

    Junk

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Pedro The Hunter says:

    Wow Ford sucks man

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jean-Charles Martel says:

    Oh! Corn for Ratty!!!

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cassy l says:

    Fun fact: at our dealership, when we go to quote out one of the front control arms they are described as "The Straight one or the Squiggly one"

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shane Harrison says:

    Turn that ford into a blue flame special

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shane Harrison says:

    Yeah seen it alot at sears many years ago yeah want to be sure not to schred your hand on them porcupine tires

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James Patterson says:

    Those lowers definitely can be a pain. I had to heat the knuckle with a torch to get each one out even with a big air hammer. Finally them to come out. But good grief what engineer thought up that design? How does that just come out the air into someone's head lol. Anyways I appreciate you doing videos, it definitely helps on things I sometimes forget about if I haven't seen certain vehicles in a while. So much difference In vehicles and so many different issues it's hard to keep it all in mind. Thanks again. God bless you

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars mike STOMS says:

    Those rotors looked awful on that thing

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Eric Ash says:

    what sort of electric impact are using?

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars mrau92me says:

    Thank you, sir, for this video. There are a couple other videos on the front control arms for this car, but they only showed the right side being done, which of course is the side that doesn't involve the bolt being blocked by the transmission pan. I was able to use my floor jack and two blocks of wood to raise the pan, like you did in this video. Granted, I was very nervous because a good bit of pressure had to be applied to the pan to get it high enough to get the bolt out, plus I have the Mazda 6 which I thought might be enough different to cause a problem lifting on the pan. I was afraid it might crush the pan, so I kept lifting a little bit at a time until I got it out.

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars mrau92me says:

    I'm in the middle of doing the front lower forward control arm on the driver's side of my '09 Fusion. I'm currently stuck on removing the bolt that is blocked by the transmission pan. Do you think it could have been removed while the sub-frame was dropped to remove the inboard bolt for the other (rearward) lower control arm? I'm also considering draining and dropping the transmission oil pan. It's been a bit since I changed the AT fluid.

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ron hanish says:

    electrical tape ur swivel knuckle to tighten it up !!

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars AntyGuy77 says:

    My favorite part was finding a piece of corn😂

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bootyloot says:

    That lower control arm bolt location makes me very upset… i hate it and im not even working on it.

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Darius Phillips says:

    You the man ty

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Marco A. Cárdenas says:

    Hi, Where can I buy the used parts for this repair?

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Famus Man says:

    The last minute of this video is why u get the big bucks

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Famus Man says:

    I seriously love it when u say win this war. Because it's so true dude it really is a war sometimes

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rob bigemon says:

    Hry did you have to unbolt sll bolts on the sub frame. U didnt say in video. Or did you take front off and just loosen back ones thanks rob

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Donnie Robertson says:

    Second time watching 5/9/2020

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Arturo Alba says:

    what brand of impact gun do you use

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars twoeagle86 says:

    I just did my lower ball joints, didnt have to loosen the cv shaft bolt

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ford nut says:

    That bushing comes off I just did one of these lol.i looked at it dumb founded too.

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