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Old 03-15-2012, 08:54 PM
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2005 f150 upper control arm question

I have to replace the upper control arm on my 05 f150 4x4. I've been looking around the site and didn't see anything. Is there directions posted anywhere on the procedure? or can anyone tell me at least if the strut assembly has to be removed? If so do I have to compress the spring first? Any helpful tips?

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I don't think the strut assembly has to be removed. Even if it does, you won't have to compress it any. It has one large bolt on bottom, and 3 small nuts on top. I think the tops are 15mm and the bottom is like a 27mm.

If I remember correctly from putting on my leveling kit, all you have to do to get the a arm out is knock the ball joint loose. It will seem like it will never come out when your beating on it but all of a sudden it will pop loose. Then take the upper bolts out of the a arm and viola, you have you a arm out.
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I believe you will also need to disconnect the sway bar and tie rid, so the lower control arm can drop far enough out of the way. I would recommend doing the Lower ball joint while your in there, and an alignment when your all done
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yup ! An look real close at the idlers arms to, they loosen over time an can be real bothersome to keeping the wheels tru.
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I believe you will also need to disconnect the sway bar and tie rid, so the lower control arm can drop far enough out of the way. I would recommend doing the Lower ball joint while your in there, and an alignment when your all done
Yeah he is right, I forgot all about the sway bar. There are two nuts on the bottom of the lower a arms that will release it. I think they are 15mm too.

EDIT: If you don't mind me asking, how many miles are on your truck? Just wondering how long it will take mine to wear out.
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just replaced mine and if you take the strut out it makes it way easier to get to the upper control arm bolts

Clint- I have 98k on mine and my upper and lower ball joints are shot
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just replaced mine and if you take the strut out it makes it way easier to get to the upper control arm bolts

Clint- I have 98k on mine and my upper and lower ball joints are shot
I am a little worried about my ball joints lately, but I haven't felt any symptoms. What did you feel/hear to let you know they were shot, just wondering. I have 92,000 so I know the time is coming soon to do upper and lower BJ's probably will have new tie rod ends put on too when I finally get new BJ's but I am trying to squeeze out another year.
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Supposedly if you jack the truck up a bit to get the tire off the ground and then throw a jack under the lower control arm to get some pressure off the ball joint, if they are bad you'll be able to see alot of movement in them when you push and pull left and right and up and down on the tire. Also a pry bar under the tire can help move it. It helps if someone can watch the ball joints while you move the tire just to make sure its not the wheel bearing. With mine I noticed that when turning while driving the front end felt loose and the inside of the front tires were feathering. I went for a front end alignment and they said they couldn't do it because of the ball joints worn out.
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