Replacing Ball Joints, 1999 Ford F350 4WD
Replacing Ball Joints, 1999 Ford F350 4WD I apologize for the first few parts being missing, but I lost the video footage. So far I had removed the tire, the brake caliper, the rotor, and the 4WD hub. That can all be done with the right size wrench, pliers (for a locking ring), and a rubber or dead blow hammer to knock things loose. Be careful to retain the rubber ring on your 4WD hub. Once you get the bearing/hub assembly out, the axle should slide out. However, if you're inner guide bearing (not sure if that's the right name) is messed up like mine was, it can be a huge pain in the rear to get out. But the axle assembly should just slide on out. Once the axle is out, you have open access to the knuckle/spindle. Disconnect the tie rod end if you haven't already, then take the nuts off the ball joints. You will likely need a hammer to pop them loose. Don't worry about damaging the old ball joints as the new ones should come with everything you need, including castle nuts and cotter keys. Putting it all back together is just reverse of disassemble. I highly recommend Wranglestar's video on it as he shows a good tip on modifying the ball joint press tool. I had to get creative as well using big hex nuts as spacers when pressing ball joints in and out. BE CAREFUL! Make sure the truck is secure on the stands and avoid any situation that puts you under the vehicle!!!
Replacing Power Steering Pump - 1999 Ford F350
Replacing Power Steering Pump - 1999 Ford F350 Since purchasing this truck, the power steering was never quite right. Sometimes it was OK, other times it was non existent. No power steering makes for a real workout in parking garages! Lately I've noticed an oil leak down the driver side of the engine cavity and on my frame. I'm not losing engine oil or brake fluid, so the only other thing it could be is power steering, and that would make sense. I'm swapping out for a new pump to hopefully fix the leak and the lack of steering. Initial test when it was all done gets TWO THUMBS UP! I can fully turn the wheel both directions with one hand easily, when before sitting still I had to use two hands and my body weight to turn! I'll have to see if the leak clears up now too. Hopefully it was the pump and not one of the lines leaking.
1999 Ford F350 New Headlights, SPYDER LED Headlight Install
1999 Ford F350 New Headlights, SPYDER LED Headlight Install If there is anything to dislike about an old Ford pickup, it's the faded old headlights. I'm not usually one to spiff up a truck to make it look like a toy, but if I'm going to make a repair I may as well upgrade if possible. I had the option to replace my lights with new OEM replacements, but why would I? I picked these up through JC Whitney. They look pretty sharp. The install was mostly painless except for the usual frustrations of trying to pull out something that's been in place for nearly 20 years. Removing the batteries is a big help to have space to work in behind the headlights. In general the install was very easy. Not quite a full plug and play. For the main headlights, the factory plug worked. The marker/directional fits in as well and uses factory bulb. For the LED and halo rings you have to splice into marker power feed, but that's easy enough. My biggest frustration was the lack of directions from SPYDER. They have plenty of videos online, which is their only saving grace. The included directions with the lights flat out suck. Also I saw no mention on any of the videos that I may have to cut my factory headlight bracket to allow these to fit. I tried like crazy to set them in place, and it just wasn't happening without the cuts I made. But once I figured out what to trim out, then the lights set in very nice. Driving to work in the dark was a world of difference and the truck looks amazing!
Adjusting Parking Brakes - 1999 F350
Adjusting Parking Brakes - 1999 F350 Shows how to adjust the offset on your brake shoes from the inside of your rotor/drum using the factory slack adjuster screw. This DOES NOT adjust the cable in the instance of a stretched sagging cable.