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    Bronze Member nolarefugee's Avatar
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    Default Lift Arm Ball Retainer Spring - Ford 4000

    Does anyone have a clear picture or diagram of how these things are supposed to be installed?

    They're for a 73 Ford 4000.

    Lift Arm Ball Retainer Spring - Ford 4000-liftarmballretainer-jpg

    Here's what my lift arms look like, they could have something missing where these are to attach, but I couldn't find good example of how they go on.

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    Default Re: Lift Arm Ball Retainer Spring - Ford 4000

    That's the way my lift arms look.

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    Default Re: Lift Arm Ball Retainer Spring - Ford 4000

    Without the springs in there, the balls fall out. I'm trying to see if anyone has a picture of how they go on to hold the ball in it's socket.

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    Default Re: Lift Arm Ball Retainer Spring - Ford 4000

    another simple way to hold them in is just get a string and tie them in. problem solved. i use a string a lot and mine has the clips that work.

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    Default Re: Lift Arm Ball Retainer Spring - Ford 4000

    After a decade or two of wear on the sockets the clips are a waste of money and provide only false security. Put the balls in the toolbox when no implement is attached to the 3PT.
    Spring is the season of optimism.

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    Default Re: Lift Arm Ball Retainer Spring - Ford 4000

    I've changed the ones in the 3910 once. That protrusion to the right of the lynch pin is where they go. There should be a hole in the top side and the bottom side of it. The holes are probably full of rust and mud. Clean the holes out really good. Getting the ends of the clips into the holes is a PIA. The new clips lasted about two years, and broke. Now I just do as RickB said, remove the balls and put them in the tool box.
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    Default Re: Lift Arm Ball Retainer Spring - Ford 4000

    Quote Originally Posted by RickB View Post
    After a decade or two of wear on the sockets the clips are a waste of money and provide only false security. Put the balls in the toolbox when no implement is attached to the 3PT.
    That's what I normally do, but have forgotten before and lost one.

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    Default Re: Lift Arm Ball Retainer Spring - Ford 4000

    Quote Originally Posted by showcattle View Post
    I've changed the ones in the 3910 once. That protrusion to the right of the lynch pin is where they go. There should be a hole in the top side and the bottom side of it. The holes are probably full of rust and mud. Clean the holes out really good. Getting the ends of the clips into the holes is a PIA. The new clips lasted about two years, and broke. Now I just do as RickB said, remove the balls and put them in the tool box.
    I'll take a look and see if they're still functional, the springs were not very expensive so thought I'd give it a shot.

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