How to Remove a Ford Kingpin

by Russell Wood

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.

1

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.

2

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.

3

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.

4

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

Tip

  • check 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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About the Author

Russell Wood is a writer and photographer who attended Arizona State University. He has been building custom cars and trucks since 1994, including several cover vehicles. In 2000 Wood started a career as a writer, and since then he has dedicated his business to writing and photographing cars and trucks, as well as helping people learn more about how vehicles work.