Ford Pick-ups and Broncos 1987-1996 Repair Guide

Front Wheel Spindle



See Figures 1 and 2

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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the front wheel spindle- 2-wheel drive F-150, F-250 and F-350 with ball joints

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Fig. Fig. 2: Spindle removal

All 2-Wheel Drive pick-ups utilize upper and lower ball joints.

  1. Jack up the front of the truck and safely support it with jackstands.
  3. Remove the wheels.
  5. Remove the front brake caliper assembly and hold it out of the way with a piece of wire. Do not disconnect the brake line.
  7. Remove the brake rotor from the spindle.
  9. Remove the inner bearing cone and seal. Discard the seal, as you'll be fitting a new one during installation.
  11. Remove the brake dust shield.
  13. Disconnect the steering linkage from the spindle arm using a tie rod removal tool.
  15. Remove the cotter from the upper and lower ball joint stud nuts. Discard the cotter pins, as new ones should be installed during reassembly.
  17. Remove the upper ball joint nut and loosen the lower ball joint nut to the end of the threads.
  19. Strike the inside area or the spindle as shown in the illustration to pop the ball joints loose from the spindle.

Do not use a forked ball joint removal tool to separate the ball joints as this will damage the seal and ball joint socket.

  1. Remove the nut. Remove the spindle.

To install:

Before reassembly, be advised that new cotter pins should be used on the ball joints, and that new bearing seal(s) should also be used. Also, make sure the upper and lower ball joint seals are in place.

  1. Place the spindle over the ball joints.
  3. Install the nuts on the lower ball joint stud and partially tighten to 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm). Turn the castellated nut until you are able to install the cotter pin.
  5. Install the camber adapter in the upper spindle over the upper ball joint s