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vaccum seal ?

Is there any way to replace the ball joints without taking off or damaging the vaccum seals?

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I did mine and i don't think so.
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Thats good, I was hoping there was a way to work around them. I know that if I were to change the u-joints on the axles, that I would, but I didn't know about the ball joints. Thanks.

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your going to have to pull the axle shafts and just using 2 pry bars the seals should come out without damage.
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Agreed. Getting the old seals off is the easy part. The new seal is a little tough though. You could take your stub axles to a repair shop and they can press them on for a few bucks. You can also put them on yourself, with a seal driver or pipe, like I did. However, I have manual hubs, so I didnt have to worry about vacuum leakage as with other trucks.
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So I do have to pull the axle shafts in order to get the ball joints out? That's just it though, the two trucks I am doing this to have the switch so I can't have any leakeage. Thanks for the replys guys.

-- on edit -- How much do the seals cost in case of damage?

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So I do have to pull the axle shafts in order to get the ball joints out? That's just it though, the two trucks I am doing this to have the switch so I can't have any leakeage. Thanks for the replys guys.

-- on edit -- How much do the seals cost in case of damage?
I bought my parts from ford all the seals 235.00 out the door.
I could not remove my with out destroying the seals and the axle run through the spindles.
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My two new front vacuum/hub seals were 48.00 each from Ford.
The two axle shaft dust seals were 25.00 each from Ford.

If you go to www.powerstrokeshop.com and look at there seal/ball joint kit, there is a link to a good write up of the install process for ball joints and seals. It is full of pretty good pictures as well.
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Hey thanks for all the replies fellas. Do I need to replace the dust seals if they are not damaged? I will probably order the vaccum/hub seals because I doubt I can get them out without damaging them.

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Removing any of them without damage can be the hard part. The rubber is usually brittle. The dust seals are also somewhat pressed on by hand, so there is a little force needed sometimes to remove them which most likely will damage them. That being said, you dont have to remove the dust seals when you replace the ball joints. They can simply stay on the axle shafts as you do the other work. Mine were obviously deteriorated before disassembly, so I replaced them. My thinking on this matter is that when is the next time you will have the front end apart like this and have good access to the dust seals. I personally would go ahead and replace them, since your in there anyway. They are really quick and easy to replace. I think you can find the dust seals for aroud 10 bucks each from another company (National?). The vacuum seals are a Ford only seal to my knowledge.
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