Need Help 08 Taurus X ball joint play

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Moms08Taxi
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Need Help 08 Taurus X ball joint play

Post by Moms08Taxi » Sat Jun 23, 2018 2:48 pm

I took my 08 Taurus X AWD in for a alignment to my friends shop. In the rear there's a what looks like a Upper BallJoint (this is where the upper control arm mounts to the spindle) That has play in it. I cant find any listing in the after market and when I went to the dealer they showed me a picture that shows it as being seperate but is not sold seperately. The dealer said it is part of the spindle which my cost is 623.00 a piece. So my question is does anyone know a part number of a balljoint that will work? Even the dealer said maybe someone has found a balljoint that will work. Any help will be greatly appreciated.


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Re: Need Help 08 Taurus X ball joint play

Post by Moms08Taxi » Tue Jun 26, 2018 4:19 am

Am I the only TREX (Freestyle) owner that has had this problem?

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Re: Need Help 08 Taurus X ball joint play

Post by dmckmc » Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:00 am

'05 Freestyle AWD - replaced control arms x 2 over 12 years of ownership as they would fail safety inspections due to excess play. Ball joint is part of the control arm on the Freestyle. Job is minor, if you can do brakes you can replace the control arm. $623 each sounds excessive, even for a dealer. RockAuto has Motorcraft brand for less than half that and other brands at less than $100 each.

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Re: Need Help 08 Taurus X ball joint play

Post by Moms08Taxi » Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:34 pm

On my Trex the balljoint I'm speaking of (rear upper control arm where it attaches to the spindle) is pressed into the rear spindle (knuckle). It is not part of the control arm I wish it was that would be a piece of cake. I'll try to upload the picture so you can see what I mean.

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Re: Need Help 08 Taurus X ball joint play

Post by xvert » Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:40 am

I would try to find a used knuckle. If necessary, you can replace bushing.
See SECTION 204-02: Rear Suspension 2008 Taurus/Taurus X/Sable Workshop Manual
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Re: Need Help 08 Taurus X ball joint play

Post by Moms08Taxi » Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:10 am

Thanks xvert for the picture. Look at the picture and follow the arrow from the upper control to where it bolts to the spindle and you will see its not a bushing its a balljoint. That is the part I'm looking for. In the picture from the Ford dealer it shows that ball joint as being seperate but it is not sold seperately. I was hoping someone has delt with this and found a ball joint that would work.

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Re: Need Help 08 Taurus X ball joint play

Post by Moms08Taxi » Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:47 am

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Im not sure if I did this right. This is the picture from the Ford Dealer. look at the two redish pink dots and you can see the ball joint is seperate.

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Re: Need Help 08 Taurus X ball joint play

Post by xvert » Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:23 am

I understand what you're talking about. When I was repairing the rear suspension, I could only change the bushings. The ball joint was in good condition, but it seemed to me that it is impossible to extrude. That's why I would buy a used wheel knuckle from awd car (fwd cars do not have ball joint)
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Re: Need Help 08 Taurus X ball joint play

Post by Moms08Taxi » Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:26 pm

Thanks xvet. I already found two low mileage spindles but I was hoping to save the work of changing them if I was able to just change the ball joint. If I do end up going the used spindle route I'm going to try to remove my ball joint and see if I cantact MOOG customer service with the dimensions if I can come up with something. I cant believe no one else has come across this. The fact that in the picture from Ford it shows it as being seperate it has to come apart. We'll see.
Thanks Again

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Re: Need Help 08 Taurus X ball joint play

Post by xvert » Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:44 am

Accidentally I saw it. This may be what you (and we) need
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Specialty-Prod ... cv&vxp=mtr
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Re: Need Help 08 Taurus X ball joint play

Post by Moms08Taxi » Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:46 pm

Holy Cow XVERT!!!! Your a god sent!! Thats it and it will correct the alighnment issue.
Thanks A Ton!!!!!!

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