I am trying to replace the lower ball joints on my 2001 Chevy Blazer 4WD. I had everything loose and could even move the ball joint around but could not get it out. Do i have to take the upper ball joint loose or can i just loosen the half-shaft and get it out?
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remove steering knuckle with wheel hub and bearing attached ,remove lower ball joint flange with a chisel,remove the lower ball joint using a ball joint press you can rent the press from some local auto parts store or purchased from harbor freight for about 60 bucks.
need a special press and cups and recievers to do this kind of work but yes you can replace just ball joints uppers and lowers but you can also get just control arms for uppers and lowers with ball joints in them for a little more, let me know if i can be of service anymore thanks
Raise vehicle up on jack stands so that the stands are under the lower controll arms and the suspension is "loaded"
Remove the front tire(s) (if you break the torque on the nuts while the wheel is still on the ground it helps, but do not loosen them completely as you will be looking for new rims and wheel studs too).
Place a drift or some other suitable object in one of the brake rotor vanes so that it will hit the brake caliper and stop the rotor from moving and remove the CV shaft nut (it's a big ****** make sure you have the right socket on hand before getting to this point).
Next remove the brake caliper and rotor then undo the wheel bearing retaining bolts and remove the wheel bearing.
This should give you enough room to move the axle shaft back and up so you can work on the ball joint.
If you've had ball joints replaced before just unbolt the ones that are installed and using a pickle fork, or a block of wood and a hammer, drive the ball joint stud from the knuckle. (make sure to support the upper control arm so it doesn't drop down on you when you do this)
If you are working on original ball joints then I reccomend placing a block of wood or something else that will protect the cv boots from drill bits ect and drill out the rivets holding the ball joint in place. then remove in the same manner indicated in the previous paragraph.
installation is pretty much the reverse of removal and don't forget to torque your cv shaft nut I have a 1999 and the manual specs 103FTlbs... This is a critical torque as it helps preload your wheel bearing. Too high and you'll burn them up, too low and they'll be loose and wear out.
you can usually find all the parts your needing parts and labor for tie rods, ball joints, control arms springs shocks idler arms pitman arms parts and labor will probably run you close to 1500 dollars probably lower.
its easier to get the whole control arm and the lower one has to be pressed in. it is not and easy job if you dont have the right tools checkout rockauto.com to look at the replacement parts and to get a price on them
If they are the original ball joints you will have to remove the rivets on them. The new ones should come with replacement nut and bolts. You will have to remove the brakes, and move the steering knuckle out of the way (You don't have to remove the tie rod end). It isn't difficult, just time consuming. You can do it in the driveway on stands. Make sure you have a couple hours, and a case of beer.