How to Remove a Ford Kingpin

Save

Although it's not used much anymore, Ford used to use a kingpin on the front suspension of their trucks to connect the I-beam to the steering knuckle. The kingpins provide a pivot point for the knuckle, allowing it to turn with the steering wheel. The kingpins are difficult to get out of the I-beam, and it can be a very frustrating process to remove it, depending on the age of the vehicle and its suspension.

Things You'll Need

  • Jack
  • Jack stands
  • Tire iron
  • Line-wrench set
  • Brake-line clamp
  • 3/8-inch ratchet and socket set
  • 3-lb. sledgehammer
  • Brass drift
  • Lift up the front of the truck by the jack and secure it on the jack stands. Take off the wheels and tires with the tire iron.

  • Clamp the rubber brake line close to its connection with the steel hardline using the brake-line clamp. Disconnect the brake line leading to the back of the brake drum or brake caliper using the line wrench.

  • Remove the dust caps on the top and bottom of the kingpin, which is the vertical piece of steel connecting the steering knuckle to the I-beam. Remove the locking bolt in the side of the kingpin using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket.

  • Place the drift on the kingpin. Hammer the drift with the sledgehammer until the kingpin comes out of the I-beam.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you can't get the kingpin out, one other method is to heat up the I-beam using a torch. This will expand the metal in the I-beam, and may break up any rust or corrosion that's on the surface.

References

Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

  • Specs for 1989 E150 Ford Van

    The Ford E150 van, also known as the Club Wagon or Econoline, was first introduced in 1961. In 1989, the standard model...

  • King Pin Removal Tool

    A kingpin is the primary pivot used in the steering system of cars and other vehicles. There are tools available for purchase...

  • How to Replace Ford Ranger Keys

    Ford dealerships can provide replacement keys for Ford Rangers. They can also reprogram a new set of coded keys when the original...

  • How to Install a Fifth Wheel Hitch

    When installing a fifth wheel hitch on a truck, the trailer should never match or exceed the load bearing capacity of the...

  • How to Use a King Pin Reamer

    Whether you will use it on a machine or use it by hand, your king pin reamer's function is to produce the...

  • How to Change Ford Explorer Ball Joints

    The Ford Explorer contains ball joints connecting each of its four wheels to the steering linkage underneath the vehicle. These ball joints...

  • How to Adjust a Fifth Wheel Kingpin Height

    You may need to adjust the height of a fifth-wheel kingpin when moving or leveling a trailer. Fifth wheel kingpins are mounted...

  • Freightliner King Pin Trouble Symptoms

    In recent years, manufacturers of heavy vehicles such as tractor-trailer trucks, large recreational vehicles and buses have implemented recalls because of excessive...

  • Heavy Duty King Pin Bushing Tools

    King pins and bushings are vital steering system parts on large trucks. Regular maintenance and inspection is recommended to ensure safety of...

  • How to Adjust Skateboard Kingpins & Bushings

    Get tips for locating, adjusting and replacing kingpins and bushings on a skateboard in this free skateboard maintenance and repair video lesson.

Related Searches

Check It Out

How To Travel For Free With Reward Points

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!