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Change lower ball joint

Remove lower ball joint without pickle fork

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Remove nut, re-install just a few threads, hit spindle at ball joint mount with BFH

Posted on Nov 20, 2013

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SOURCE: lower ball joint removal how to

  1. Remove the steering knuckle with wheel hub and bearing attached.
  2. Remove the lower ball joint flange with a chisel.
  3. Install J9519-E and J34874 to the lower ball joint.
  4. Remove the lower ball joint from the lower control arm using J9519-E and J34874


  1. Install the lower ball joint and J9519-E, J41435, and J45105-2 to the lower control arm.
  2. Install the lower ball joint to the lower control arm using J9519-E, J41435, and J45105-2.
  3. Remove J9519-E, J41435, and J45105-2 from the lower control arm
    1. Install J9519-E and J45105-1 to the lower ball joint.
    2. Flare the lower ball joint flange using J9519-E and J45105-1.
    3. Remove J9519-E and J45105-1 from the lower ball joint.
    4. Install the steering knuckle with wheel hub and bearing attached. Install the tire and wheel.
    1. Lower the vehicle.
    2. Check the front wheel alignment.
these jouints are pressed in and there is a flange that is flared this is what the tool numbers refer too.

Posted on Sep 12, 2008

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SOURCE: lower ball joint broke on a 95' lincoln towncar

it must be pressed out with a ball joint press then new one pressed back in. this job is for a machanic

Posted on Apr 15, 2009

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SOURCE: How do you change upper and lower ball joints on 2001 Ford Expedition?

i am not going to lie to you on this. if you do not have a very good mechanical back ground you should not attemp this procedure your self because it could result in serious injury. it should be brought to a shop because they do have the right tools to do this. alot of the time ball joints are pressed in under extream amounts of pressure

Posted on Apr 21, 2009

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SOURCE: how to remove upper/ lower ball joints on 1990 GMC Suburban 4x4

hit the steering knuckle where the ball joint shaft goes through it while u have the wedge/pickle fork inserted, u do this on the round side of the knuckle, this is what is called a "Morse Taper" hitting it distorts the hole a little and that lets the joint pop free. You need at least a 5 pound ball pen for this to work..

Posted on May 12, 2009

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SOURCE: replace lower ball joints on a 2000 chevy blazer 4

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.

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You will need a pickle-fork to separate the lower control arm from the spindle, and then you will need a ball joint press to remove the ball joint from the lower control arm and to insert a new ball joint into the lower control arm.

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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/villagerquest/ Ball Joint Removal
  1. Remove the wheel and tire assembly. For additional information, refer to Section 204-04 .
  1. Remove the suspension lower arm ball joint cotter pin.
  1. 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.
  1. Remove the suspension lower arm ball joint to suspension lower arm nuts and remove the ball joint.

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I'm trying to replace the bearing in a 2004 mazda 3 Having trouble removing the housing from between the upper and lower suspension, we're using the pickle fork but are unsure why the pin wont come...


I am going to make some assumptions here , by housing , i'm thinking that you mean the hub/knuckle assembly. when you say pickle fork , I'm thinking that you are talking about a boll joint seperator fork. So........based on those assumptions , I'm thinking that you are having trouble getting the lower ball joint to pop out of the knuckle assembly.
I checked a parts suplier and looked at the ball joint . It is not a tapered fit into the knuckle , it is a strait stud with a dished groove around it. That tells me that there will be a bolt going across the ball joint from one side to another. The ball joint shaft will not come out of the knuckle untill the bolt is completely removed , loosening it will not work. Good luck

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How to replace lower ball joint in 1997 el falcon futura


Hi Dazza

The tool you're looking for is called a pickle fork. (A.K.A. ball joint separator).

  1. Get a new one
  2. pull the cotter pin
  3. Loosen and remove nut
  4. Insert pickle fork above ball joint
  5. Hit it with a hammer
  6. When it drops, unscrew it from the sleeve
  7. Put new one in
Then have an alignment done

\Best regards
Mike

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It's not required to change the upper and the lower at the same time. However it will save you time if you do them both as if one is going out the other will soon.
The actual job is not that difficult but you may need a pickle fork or a ball joint removal tool to disconnect the ball joints from the steering knuckle. You will also need a ball joint press to remove/install the ball joints. You may also need a strut spring compressor. You can rent these at an auto parts store.
Basically you have to do the following -loosen lug nuts -jack the vehicle up and place on jack stands -remove wheel -remove upper ball joint cotter pin and nut -remove lower ball joint cotter pin and nut -with pickle fork/ball joint removal tool remove both upper and lower ball joints from steering knuckle -disconnect tie rod end from knuckle (optional depending on clearance) -disconnect strut (be sure to install strut spring compressors) -with ball joint press you will need to press both ball joints out (you also use the press to install ball joints)
Installation is reverse of removal.
For exact instructions you can buy the manual for about $20 or go to autozone.com, register, and view the manual on their site for free.

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Jack up the affected side and support vehicle on stands.
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Remove nut that fastens onto affected ball joint;
Using a "pickle fork" (ball joint separator) hammer fork in between ball joint. Use at least a 5 Lbs. mallet to strike fork;38722d9.jpg
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Using ball joint extractor, press out failed ball joint:
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