How to Remove a Ford Kingpin

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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.

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