Escort, XZ2 (2000-2003)

Steering Knuckle & Ball Joints


Removal & Installation

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Wheel assembly
    Nut and bolt attaching the lower ball joint to the steering knuckle
    Ball joint from the steering knuckle
    Lower control arm ball joint nuts and bolt
    Ball joint


To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Ball joint into position on the lower control arm
    Ball joint-to-lower control arm retainers. Tighten the nuts and bolt to 69-86 ft. lbs. (93-117 Nm).

  3. Apply Loctite® 290 thread locking compound to the ball joint nut and threads.

    Ball joint to the steering knuckle
    Ball joint nut and bolt. Tighten the nut and bolt to 32-43 ft. lbs. (43-59 Nm).
    Wheel assembly
    Check and adjust the wheel alignment as necessary