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Re: bad left lower ball joint 2004 nissan quest
Most of these ball joints can be installed by themselves however since the control arm are so light it is unsafe just to do the balljoints still in order to replace the control arm you dont need to compress any springs just take it apart and put a new one in.
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Its easier to replace complete control arm it will have new ball joint and control arm bushings.and its cheaper in the long run. however u can replace ball joints on car ,if u need procedure let me know
Remove the wheel and tire assembly. For additional information, refer to Section 204-04 .
Remove the suspension lower arm ball joint cotter pin.
Remove the suspension lower arm ball joint nut and separate it from the wheel knuckle.
May have to leave nut partially on and hit the nut hard with a hammer to knock the tapered stud down and out. May have to hit side of knuckle to help get it to drop. or rent a pickle fork to drive between the bal joint and knuckle.
Remove the suspension lower arm ball joint to suspension lower arm nuts and remove the ball joint.
there are ball joints on the bottom of the control arm and the upper "ball joints" are the upper strut mount attacthed to the strut holding the spring in place. the lower ball joing can be replaced removing the c clip on top and hammering out. be careful not to damage the arm. worse case you may need to remove the lower control arm and take to a machine shop to press out the old and press in the new. if you have a large vice, you may be able to do it too with some deep set sockets and the vice.
The ball joints on both 2wd and 4wd upper are pressed in you need to remove snap ring and using a hammer pop out the old one out this is after you seperate the upper arm from the spindle. To install the new ball joint you should use a ball joint press that you can rent at most autoparts shops
You need a hydraulic floor press.........with special tools, after removing the conrol-arm from the car!
Get it off, and take the whole thing to a machine shop with the new ball-joint. Make sure you get a wheel alignment when you're done........or you'll be buying tires soon.
Remove the castle nut on top of the ball joint that secures the ball joint to the spindle. separate ball joint/lower control arm from spindle.Remove lower control arm bolt attatching control arm to subframe/engine cradle. Remove control arm. Replacement is recersal of the removal. Nissan/Infinity ball joints can not be pressed out or in. They are replaced with the whole new lower control arm as one (On most Nissan/ Infinity vehicles, although some exeptions apply. Hope this helps.