Sometimes I never learn ......
Another day, another Ford!
One ball joint. Piece of cake, right? BWAHAHAHAHAHAAAA! Long story short? NO!
I want to strangle a Ford engineer SOOO badly now ....
So, you loosen the nut, knock the joint loose from the knuckle, and just swing the knuckle out of the way ... right? NO! F no!! That's waaay too easy!! Pop the rack end? Nope - that don't work either. Unbolt the CV axle? Can't get the axle out - too much *censored* in the way! Unbolt the strut ... it cant go anywhere but 2" fore and aft due to the aforementioned *censored*! Well, so I guess I'll just have to pop the upper ball joint from the knuckle. No cutting corners on this one. Soon I'll be done. WHAT? F no that's WAAAAAAY too easy! Lets design a ball joint that fits so shittily into it's taper that it SPINS when you try to remove it! I'll go one better - lets make it out of the crappiest chinese metal you can find, so it rusts to hell! That way, when you put a wrench on the hex to keep it from spinning, it rounds it off flat! YEAH! Oh YEAH! YEAH! So the next step is to just remove the whole upper control arm ... but what's this plastic *censored*? Gotta get that out of there. So lets bust off bolts and pour sand directly into your eyes and remove it! Almost there! Only 2 bolts holding the control arm on. ZIP! Well that was easy. What? You mean they put the bolts in from the STRUT side meaning the entire assembly has to come out? YEAH! OH YEAH!!
To cut this short, I had to rip off the whole lower control arm. So now it needs an alignment. I'll tell ya!! At least that's all behind me now.
SO .......... how's YOUR day going?