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I guess the Cougar is getting parked early




Ball joint let go 2 hrs from home. I had just checked everything two weeks ago and all seemed well. My friend and I decided to go on a little road trip since we had some extra cash for once and on the way back some thing just didnt feel right, turned a corner and got a nasty grinding sound that almost sounded like a well worn wheel bearing. Well wasnt the wheel bearing. The ball joint was wore enough that the control arm was rubbing the inside of my wheel. Well I got it off the road and looked under the car saw what it was and needless to say I wasnt happy. Anyway while I was on the phone with the towtruck driver the ball joint decided to let go the rest of the way and tore up my inner fender some.

All in all my weekend sucked but the ball joint didnt break while I was driving, and the tow bill was only $200 instead of the 3-400 like I was expecting. I was gonna wait until the car was parked for the winter to redo the front and rear suspension(better shocks, springs, CHE arms, ect..) but looks like its gonna happen earlier than I wanted.
85 Tbird 5.0
78 F150 351w
03 Ranger Fx4

I guess the Cougar is getting parked early

Reply #1
It could have been worse. Usually the ball joints go with slow speed turns and such because it puts more stress on the ball joint than say driving 70 mph on the highway.
88 Thunderbird LX: 306, Edelbrock Performer heads, Comp 266HR cam, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, bunch of other stuff.

I guess the Cougar is getting parked early

Reply #2
I was just glad it broke sitting still lol. I dont know if anybody here is familiar with route 800 in ohio or not but lets just say if you like curvy hilly roads with good straightaways you'd have fun. I had just passed a couple curves that had a rather steep embankment just on the other side right before the ball joint let go. Needless to say I got lucky.
85 Tbird 5.0
78 F150 351w
03 Ranger Fx4

I guess the Cougar is getting parked early

Reply #3
First mod on any old fox should be the front end, Gives you the motivation to do it right now.
Old Grey Cat to this.88 Cat, 5.0 HO, CW mounts, mass air, CI custom cam, afr165's, Tmoss worked cobra intake, BBK shorty's,off road h pipe, magnaflow ex. T-5,spec stage 2 clutch, 8.8 373 TC trac loc, che ajustables with bullits on the rear. 11" brakes up front. +

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Reply #4
I had just got done putting an electric fan and underdrive pulleys on it two weeks ago too. Yeah I was planning on redoing the entire suspension that way I knew exactly what kind of condition everything was in. I've been thinking about a quicker rack too but I'm not sure yet.

And yes thats a license plate under the front wheel, it was the only way we could get it of the flatbed without killing the fender.
85 Tbird 5.0
78 F150 351w
03 Ranger Fx4

I guess the Cougar is getting parked early

Reply #5
I feel your pain. I had the same thing happen to a Lincoln Mark VIII that I had. I just sold my beater car for a good price, and I was happy. I backed the lincoln out to let the new owner back the beater out. He drove away, and when I pulled the lincoln back in, crunch! the ball joint seperated. Worst part, it did it right behind my cougar in a 1 car garage, trapping it inside. So my beater was gone, and my other car was pinned in the garage.... Here's what it looked like:
CoogarXR : 1985 Cougar XR-7

I guess the Cougar is getting parked early

Reply #6
Do you guys ever grease anything?
Old Grey Cat to this.88 Cat, 5.0 HO, CW mounts, mass air, CI custom cam, afr165's, Tmoss worked cobra intake, BBK shorty's,off road h pipe, magnaflow ex. T-5,spec stage 2 clutch, 8.8 373 TC trac loc, che ajustables with bullits on the rear. 11" brakes up front. +

I guess the Cougar is getting parked early

Reply #7
Yes I grease everything I can and thats just a habit I got from taking my truck 4wheeling all the time. But for some reason theres no grease fittings on these ball joints, hence why I was wanting to redo everything.
85 Tbird 5.0
78 F150 351w
03 Ranger Fx4

I guess the Cougar is getting parked early

Reply #8
That wasn't meant just for you. Good luck with it.
Old Grey Cat to this.88 Cat, 5.0 HO, CW mounts, mass air, CI custom cam, afr165's, Tmoss worked cobra intake, BBK shorty's,off road h pipe, magnaflow ex. T-5,spec stage 2 clutch, 8.8 373 TC trac loc, che ajustables with bullits on the rear. 11" brakes up front. +

I guess the Cougar is getting parked early

Reply #9
I didnt take it that way was just simply stating that, no harm done. I still gotta get the 'Bird out of the garage so I can put the Cougar in, then I have to put a new timing belt on the Ranger so I have a way to get to work. I hate it when everything goes at once. Oh well, off to the garage.
85 Tbird 5.0
78 F150 351w
03 Ranger Fx4

I guess the Cougar is getting parked early

Reply #10
Fellas be sure to replace with Moog ball joints. They often make "problem solver" replacement parts. They all are metal with grease fittings.

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Reply #11
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Do you guys ever grease anything?

Some cars might still have the factory "sealed for life" ball joints and tie rods. By now, most everyone should have had them replaced with new parts that have grease fittings. But my '84 still has the factory ones and hopefully I can keep it that way a little longer. They're okay until they get old and let go. Same thing happened to me once, with the ball joint. It's a screeching sound that you never quite forget. ;)

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Reply #12
I have greaseable tie rod ends but SN95 non greaseable ball joints :hick:
88 Thunderbird LX: 306, Edelbrock Performer heads, Comp 266HR cam, Edelbrock Performer RPM intake, bunch of other stuff.

I guess the Cougar is getting parked early

Reply #13
Seeing those pics and hearing all the stories makes me bound and determined to put new ball joints, tie rod ends, and bearings/seals in.

Be just my luck to finally get my 5.0HO powered-Bird out for the maiden flight, and crunch! There went a ball joint-hello ditch.
Think I'll play it safe. ;)
'84 and '87 Mustangs
'98 Explorer 5.0
'06 Lexus
'06 Explorer EB 4.6

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Reply #14
Quote from: EricCoolCats;289179
Some cars might still have the factory "sealed for life" ball joints and tie rods. By now, most everyone should have had them replaced with new parts that have grease fittings. But my '84 still has the factory ones and hopefully I can keep it that way a little longer. They're okay until they get old and let go. Same thing happened to me once, with the ball joint. It's a screeching sound that you never quite forget. ;)


Yup factory sealed for life on mine. Got a pair of Moogs greasable now!
85 Tbird 5.0
78 F150 351w
03 Ranger Fx4