View Full Version : Lower control arm

07-11-2017, 01:30 PM
Has anyone ever had an issue with a new aftermarket lower control arm ( thanks BirdofPrey97!)?
With it being new, the ball joint is so tight that the spindle is unbelievable stiff?
I got the rack off, now the spindles are free flowing.
Putting the passenger side wheel back on is when I notice how stiff that spindle was.
It was so stiff, it took some muscle to move it!
I am tempted to put it all back together and disconnecting that lower control arm to see if I get power steering back.
I thought I'd chime in and see if if this has happen to someone before.
I find it very hard to think yet believe a ball joint being so stiff it could stop the power steering from working!

My previous post concerning this.

07-11-2017, 03:50 PM
Did you try moving the ball joint by hand? I need new lower control arms and have feared the opposite - immediate slop. I've been thinking about going with new bushings and rebuilding what I have. Are you seeing zero movement or just very limited?

07-11-2017, 04:59 PM
Could not budge.
Used a pair of vice grips and was able to move it, but it was tight!
I plan on buying a new motorcraft rack from rock auto.
Put it all back together and see what I get.
I cannot believe how difficult ford made it to fix their cars!
Tried posting some pics, kept failing, with no explanation!