How to replace your 2WD Super Duty Ball Joints
Hand wrenches, including Torque wrench
Ball Joint Press (can be borrowed from Advance Auto, Napa, etc., and make sure ithas the proper fittings for the Ford Superduty, and have them show you how toarrange the various cups, etc. before leaving the store)
All parts to be replaced (ball joints, wheel bearings if being changed, etc.)
Floor jack (I use a 3-ton jack)
Jack stands (I use 6-ton stands)1) Chock at least one rear wheel and raise the front of the truck off the ground andsupport it safely on jack stands.2) Remove the front wheels.3) Remove brake caliper from the caliper mount. (You may have to compress thepistons in the caliper to slide it off.) Don't let the caliper hang by its hose.4) Remove the two bolts that hold the caliper mount to the knuckle.5) Using a flat blade screwdriver or small hammer with minimal force, remove the dustcap from the end of the brake rotor. Remove cotter pin, nut retainer and nut thatholds the brake rotor to the knuckle/spindle assy. Remove outer wheel bearings andbrake rotor.6) Remove the rotor shield (3 screws) from the knuckle.7) Remove the cotter pin and nut that attach the tie rod end to the knuckle. Separatetie-rod from knuckle. (Do not use a pickle fork (tie rod separator) on this unless youintend to replace the tie-rod ends as well.) I thread the tie-rod nut back on upsidedown until the bottom of the nut is flush with the end of the tie-rod. I then use ascrap piece of aluminum (or other metal that is softer than the steel tie-rodmaterial), hold it in place on top of the tie-rod and nut and use a small sledgehammer to knock the tie-rod loose.8) Remove cotter pin and loosen lower ball joint nut. (Run the nut up flush with the topof the threads but do not remove, and it may help to turn the steering wheel so thatyou can get better access to the ball joint nut.)9) Remove upper ball joint pinch bolt.10) Using a pickle fork and small sledge hammer, knock the lower ball joint out of thehousing. Only the bottom ball joint has a tapered shaft. (The nut that you left on instep 8 will keep the knuckle from falling all the way out.)11) Clean everything up and remove as dirt, brake dust, grease, rust, etc. as possiblefrom everything.12) Clamp the knuckle in a vice for convenience (if available). Remove snap-ring fromlower ball joint. Using a ball joint press, remove the upper and lower ball joints.