Broken Radius Arm - Ford F150 Forum - Community of Ford Truck Fans

Go Back   Ford F150 Forum - Community of Ford Truck Fans > Pre-1997 F150 > 1987 - 1996 F150
Log In 


Broken Radius Arm

Reply
 
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12-03-2009, 11:36 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 2
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Default Broken Radius Arm

Hello,

This is my first post on here. I have been through the site and it is very helpful, but I can't seem to find the one piece of information I need.

My father has a 96 F150 4x4. The radius arm bracket broke off the frame due to rust. We got the new part, but while removing the nut from the end of the radius arm the stud broke off. We got a new radius arm, but this is where my problem begins. How do you remove the radius arm from the axle housing? Do the ball joints and spindle assemblyhave to be removed to access the bolts or am I missing something. I can't seem to find any posts about this. There are several about changing the bushings but not the arm itself.

Thanks for any help,

Phil
t-puller is offline   Reply With Quote
Join F150 Forum

Join F150Forum.com Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you a Ford F150 fan? If so we invite you to join our community and see what it has to offer. Our site is specifically designed for you and it's a great place for Ford F150 Fans to meet online.
Once you join you'll be able to post messages, upload pictures of your truck, and have a great time with other Ford F150 fans. Whether your an old timer or just bought your F150 you'll find that F150Forum.com is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally free!

Join F150Forum.com Today! - Click Here JOIN FOR FREE


-->
Old 12-03-2009, 11:55 AM   #2
rdg
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Chicagoland
Posts: 24
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Default RE: radius arm

Do you have a Haynes manual? I don't have it in front of me but I think it shows how to remove the spring to remove the radius arm.
rdg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2009, 01:00 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 118
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by t-puller View Post
How do you remove the radius arm from the axle housing? Do the ball joints and spindle assemblyhave to be removed to access the bolts
Phil

I've never had to take mine off but at one point I thought I had to. To me it looked like it would be impossible if you didn't remove the spindle assembly. Just not enough room if you need to get a wrench on the other sides bolt.
l67cooled is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2009, 06:56 PM   #4
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 2
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Default

Didn't have a Haynes manual. It turns out that the nuts inside the axle housing are welded and will not turn which means you don't have to try to get a wrench in there to hold them. The top bolt appears to be a bolt from inside the axle housing, it is not. It is just a bolt with a stud made into the top of it to hold the bottom of the spring. A 1 1/8 wrench with a pipe on it will brake it loose, I did not have a deep enough socket to use. Just about the time I thought it would snap off it broke loose. The bottom bolt was not nearly as tight. From there on out it was easy. Hope this helps if anyone else needs to change this.
t-puller is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:03 PM.


Copyright 2006 - 20011 F150forum.com
This site is in no way affiliated with the Ford Motor Company.