Question about 1998 Dodge Dakota
It does not happen turning left
Had the same problem about a month ago. Ball Joints were shot and Tie rod ends as well. Look at them and give them a good shaking you should not be able to move them very easily (same as for tie rod ends). This is a lengthy repair if you have a 4x4 you will need to remove drive shaft. Get a Chilton book a buddy and set a whole day aside. You will need a few special tools to do this so make sure you plan on renting/borrowing these from somewhere. (pickle fork, lower ball joint press, impact wrench, and air hammer makes things simple.) you will not be reusing any parts of the ball joints/tie rods so do not be afraid to use an impact wrench to break things free. I also found an air hammer to be very useful. Your upper ball joints will be riveted on if they have not been replaced from the factory. (You will need to cut/drill these rivets out) If your going to have to replace ball joints you may as well do tie rods (inner/outer) and in my case I replaced hubs as well. I would say this is a moderator difficult job and if you have some automotive experiance all the right tools/parts and a Chilton book you should have no problem. The whole job took me 6hrs by myself and cost $900 (upper lower ball joints, inner outer tie rod ends, and hubs) I have done a fair amount of suspension work in the past and am very familiar with my Dakota. If this is your first time under your dakota plan on 10-12hrs. Id be more then happy to answer any questions you have along the way.
Posted on Apr 27, 2009
Inspect ball joints and tie rod ends
Posted on Feb 24, 2009
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