How to change ball joints on 1997 2500 4x4 dodge diesel
My Wheel broke off while 4x4 ing due to my ball joints breaking, also broke the floating shaft. Im hoping to just replace the ball joints so I can get it home then get a new shaft. Will I be able to replace the ball joints myself and how diffucult.
Re: How to change ball joints on 1997 2500 4x4 dodge...
Not hard, you'll need a special socket to get the axle nut off and getting the bearing out of the spindle is usually a real chore. Since it sounds like the spindle is already out, you might be able to do it in a press.
To get the ball joints out of the spindle, drive them out with a hammer. If you need to get the ball joint out of the axle, strike the axle next to where the ball joint taper is with a large hammer. That will usually distort the axle material enough (for a split second) to let the tappered section loose.
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You most likely broke a tie rod. You should see two points where your ball joints fit in. Probably still attached. You will need a ball joint removal kit, new tie rods, sweat and tears to get the old ones off but very doable.
this is an indication of front end wear in tie rod ends and suspension parts . What you describe is castor wobble and comes from suspension faults and incorrect wheel alignment. have it all checked out in an accredited suspension/ wheel alignment shop
Rear wheel bearings don't squeak, what could have happened is the brake shoe retaining clip hardware may have broke. Common to break due to corrosion if they have never been replaced. I always buy the brake shoe spring retaining kit every second break job since there only $15.00 at Auto Zone.
The other thing to that the squeak could be coming from is the U joints at the drive shaft. The U joints may have gone dry of grease and needs to be replaced, You have two of them and the drive shaft needs to be removed to change the U joints so might as well have both of them changed.
Good luck and hope this helps.
I highly recommend that you have a press available, they dont screw in unfortunatly. To change uper ball joints; Remove tire Pull codder pin and remve nut Tap ball joint out of wheel/ brake assembly Remove upper control arm compleatly Use Press to push old ball joint out of controll arm. A torch may be nessisary to heat controll arm. Press new ball joint all the way into controll arm Reinstall every thing Get a professional front end alignment. Good lcuk and hope this helps.
My father had this problem on a car years ago and I have see others have it also . The poping noise is often for a ball joint and then the wheel just falls off. Have the ball joints inspected for excessive wear