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The rubber boots a worn on both lower ball joints i see they a riveted to the A frames can this be replace without going to a dealer

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Yes, just cut the rivets off. The replacement ball joints will come with bolts and locknuts to go in place of the old rivets.

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2001 sport trac doeslower control arm have to be replaced due to balljoint or just balljoint replaced.

just the ball joint
check -if the ball joint is riveted into the lower control arm, it will be necessary to grind the rivet heads then punch out the rivets
replacement ball joints should come with the bolts needed to replace the rivets
some lower control arms have the ball joints pressed in so it is necessary to press out the old ball joint then press in the new unit

Jun 09, 2015 | 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac


Easy disassembly of ball joints.

When replacing struts or replacing a cvu half shaft there is a way to disassemble the ball joint with out using a pickle fork( a pickle fork will damage the rubber boot and the ball joint can not be reused) This is how to dissasemble without damaging the ball joint boot. Jack up the car and support the car at the frame allowing the front suspension to hang, remove the cotter pin that is used on the nut that holds the ball joint onto the spindle carrier, loosen the ball joint nut about half way (do not remove nut completely) of course if you intend to replace the stut you must disconnect the two large bolts that hold the lower strut to the spindle carrier be sure to have the strut compressor in place and tightened down, proceed to hit the colar where the ball joint slips into with a large ball pean hammer it should take a couple of good hard wacks and the ball joint will come free, only continue to loosen nut after you are sure the strut compressor has been tighten down enough to make it safe to fully remove the nut.

on Dec 02, 2009 | Honda CR-V Cars & Trucks

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Need to know how to replace my lower balljoint

first take off tire, make sure to support frame with jackstand, and put jack under lower a-arm, u can then remove cotter pin from lower ball joint nut, then remove nut and slowly lower jack to release pressure on coil spring do very slowly if spring comes out can hurt you very much once tension is released you can remove rivets holding in ball joint new one should just bolt in. to remove rivets the easiest way is a hammer gun with a chisel bit.

Feb 20, 2011 | Chevrolet Tahoe Cars & Trucks

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I was told by a dealer that i have to replace the left ball joint, what is it and what might have caused the problem

Refer to photo(of another vehicle)
A ball-joint(1) is used where a flexible joint is needed that allows movement in more than one direction. In this case up and down and circular as the front wheel needs to be able to move up and down with bumps but also turn as you turn the steering wheel. They wear out with normal use and this wear is increased rapidly if the rubber(2) covering the joint tears to allow the ingress of dirt. It is held in place by a single nut(3) on the knuckle and 3 nuts on the control arm(4).
This example also shows a severely worn CV-boot rubber(6) at the end of the driveshaft(5) which is the reason this vehicle is in my shop at present.
Removal of the joint would require removal of the nut(3) and CV joint. A special tool is required to press the ball-joint from the knuckle. Then remove the other retaining nuts that hold the joint to the control arm.(These are sometimes riveted as in the photo)


Nov 01, 2010 | Audi A6 Cars & Trucks

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How to remove lower ball joints on a nissan pathfinder is ther a trick to removing the ball joint

Disconnect the caliper and mount, and hang it aside. Unbolt the 5 or 6, 6mm allen head bolts from the hub. Pull the hub out and remove the snap ring and washers behind it. Loosen the upper ball joint nut a little and break the joint free. Support the lower control arm with a jack and loosen the lower ball joint nut and break it loose also. With the lower control arm supported, remove the upper ball joint nut and slowly remove the lower control arm support (jack). The shock will retain the torsion bar and you can now remove the lower ball joint nut and slide the knuckle off the ball joint. You will be able to move the knuckle and axle around enough to give you access to the four bolts securing the ball joint

Jun 13, 2010 | 1995 Nissan Pathfinder

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I need to change the ball joint. What are the

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2. Place jackstands under the frame.
  3. Lower the car slightly so the weight rests on the jackstands and not the control arm.
  4. Remove the front tire and wheel assembly.

Be careful to avoid over-extending the axle shaft joints. When either end of the shaft is disconnected, over-extension of the joint could result in separation of internal components and possible joint failure. Failure to observe this can result in interior joint or boot damage and possible joint failure.
  1. If a silicone (gray) boot is used on the inboard axle joint, install boot seal protector J-33162 or equivalent. If a thermoplastic (black) boot is used, no protector is necessary.
  2. Remove the cotter pin from the ball joint castellated nut. Discard the pin.
  3. Remove the castellated nut and disconnect the ball joint from the steering knuckle using ball joint separator J-34505, J-29330, or equivalent.

Be sure to use on the recommended tool for separating the ball joint from the knuckle. Failure to use the proper tool may cause damage to the ball joint and seal.
  1. Drill out the three rivets retaining the ball joint to the lower control arm. Use a 1 /8 in. (3mm) drill bit to make a pilot hole through the rivets. Finish drilling the head of the rivets with a 1 /2 in. (13mm) drill bit. Do NOT drill completely through the control arm.

Be careful not to damage the drive axle boot when drilling out the ball joint rivets.
  1. Unfasten the nut attaching the link to the stabilizer shaft.
  2. Remove the ball joint from the steering knuckle and control arm.

To install:
  1. Position the ball joint in the control arm.
  2. Install the three ball joint bolts and nuts as shown on the instruction sheet in the ball joint kit, then tighten the bolts to specifications.
  3. Position the ball joint stud through the steering knuckle.
  4. Fasten the ball joint-to-steering knuckle nut to 41-50 ft. lbs. (56-68 Nm).
  5. Install a new cotter pin to the ball joint castellated nut.
  6. If installed, remove the boot protector.
  7. Fasten the nut attaching the stabilizer link to the stabilizer shaft. Tighten to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm), then slightly raise the vehicle and remove the jackstands from under the suspension.
  8. Install the front tire and wheel assembly and hand-tighten the lug nuts.
  9. Carefully lower the vehicle, then tighten the wheel lug nuts to 103 ft. lbs. (140 Nm).
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Mar 19, 2010 | 1997 Pontiac Grand Am

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How do I remove the original ball joints?

An air chisel is the quickest way.Cut off the head and punch out the rest of the rivet,then replace with the included bolts.To separate the ball joints loosen the retaining nut until only one or two threads are holding it on,then hit the casting that the ball joint goes thru with a big hammer.Sounds weird I know, but the joint is angled and striking it straight on will force it out without even touching it.Hit the casting really hard and it will pop loose.This works for tie rods too,hit the casting that holds the tie rod and it will separate without damage.If you use a pickle fork remover it will destroy the rubber boot.After separating watch that rubber brake line.If you let the lower control arm go it will break that brake line so be sure it's supported.Good luck!

Dec 07, 2009 | 1996 Oldsmobile Bravada

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How to change lower ball joint

your going to have to remove the wheel and tire. all brake componets, remove the steering knuckle, this will give you acces to the lower ball joint if this is a rivited on joint drill the rivets out, if it is pressed in unit take a hammer and pound on the top of the joint and it will come out, to install you will need a ball joint press, if its riveted the new joint will come with bolts to replace the factory rivets.

Sep 27, 2009 | 2000 GMC Jimmy

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2001 ford explorer sport

support vehicle under A frame remove wheel. loosen nut on top of ball joint.seperate spindle assembly from ball joint w/ball joint seperating tool AKA pickle fork.remove nut.ball joint is riveted to lower A frame-chisel off or drill out rivets.install new ball joint w/nuts &bolts supplied with it

Sep 22, 2009 | 2001 Ford Explorer Sport

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Are the lower ball joints rivited in the a frame or pressed in? I do not want to pay for a answer.

I cant be positive, but I wanna say that on that truck they are riveted in. again, im not 100% sure about that. but if your looking to replace them, there are aftermarket replacement kits that are designed for the ball joint to be bolted in. all you would have to do is drill or grind off the rivets if they are there. its pretty easy to check though. just peek under your car just inside the front tire. you see the 2 arms that connect the whole tire/spindle assembly to the frame? well, check the lower one at the end closest to the tire. you should see right away if there are bolts or rivets.

Aug 08, 2009 | 1999 Dodge Durango

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