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Replace the ball joints and if the joint was moving in the tapered hole you may have to ream out the hole to get it to fit properly. Nut tension on a ball joint is very tight and pinned with a split pin.

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Trying to change my upper ball joint. Passager side


For your problem,check out this few help links.

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How to replace ball joints on a 1998 mercedes benz s420


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Have had to replace ball joints 3 times on my 97 lumina, any ideas why


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Ball joint repair and how do you do it


To perform the following procedure, the lower control arm must be removed from the vehicle. Refer to Removal And Installation for that procedure.

  1. Using a screw driver or other suitable tool, pry the seal boot off of the ball joint assembly
  2. Position receiving cup, Special Tool 6758 to support lower control arm when removing ball joint assembly. Install Remover, Special Tool 6919 on the top of the ball joint assembly.
  3. Using the arbor press, press the ball joint assembly completely out of the lower control arm.

NOTE: When installing ball joint in lower control arm, position the ball joint in control arm so notch in ball joint stud is in the direction shown. This will ease assembly of the ball joint to the steering when installing pinch bolt.

  1. By hand, position ball joint into ball joint bore of lower control arm. Be sure ball joint is not cocked in the bore of the control arm, this will cause the ball joint to bind when being pressed into control arm.

 

  1. Position control arm with installed ball joint, in an arbor press with Receiving Cup, Special Tool 6758 supporting the lower control arm. Then center Installer, Special Tool 6908-4 on the bottom of the ball joint
  2. Carefully align all pieces. Then press the ball joint into the lower control arm until it is completely seated against surface of lower control arm. The ball joint is correctly installed when there is no gap between the ball joint and the lower control arm. Do not apply excessive force against the ball joint or the lower control arm.
  3. Install a NEW seal boot by hand as far as possible on the ball joint. Installation of the seal boot is to be with the shield positioned as shown.

CAUTION: Do not use an arbor press to install the sealing boot on the ball joint. Damage to the sealing boot will occur if excessive pressure is applied to the sealing boot when it is being installed.

  1. Place Installer, Special Tool 6758 over seal boot and squarely align it with bottom edge of seal boot. Apply hand pressure to Special Tool 6758 until seal boot is pressed squarely against top surface of lower control arm.

CAUTION: A replacement ball joint is not pre-lubricated. Properly lubricate the replacement ball joint using Mopar Multi-Mile grease or an equivalent. Lubricate ball joint after seal boot is installed but prior to top of seal boot being pushed down below notch in ball joint stud. Air must vent out of the seal boot at notch when grease is pumped into ball joint, failure to do so will balloon and damage seal boot. Do not over grease the ball joint, this will prevent the seal boot from pushing down on the stud of the ball joint.

CAUTION: After the ball joint is properly greased, clip the end of the grease fleeing off below the hex. The ball joint seal boot is non-purgeable and further greasing is not required and can result in damage to the seal boot.

  1. Reinstall lower control arm on vehicle.

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2000 Dodge Durango: Loud popping sound near front wheels when braking, or going over a bump, turning into or backing out of driveways.


That sounds like the ball joints. The midsized Dodge is notorious for bad ball joints because the factory used substandard parts. I would not wait to have it repaired. There are documented cases of the Dodges losing the front wheels because of ball joint failure. You need to have them repaired asap. The lower ball joints are usually the noisy ones. If you can afford it, have all four fixed at the same time, But be sure to take care of the lowers right away. Hope this has been of some help.

Dec 27, 2010 | 2000 Dodge Durango

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My car has a problem of front right ball joint play..what that mean?


The ball joint is a suspension part the connects the spindle to the control arm. If someone says it has play it means it's worn. This could cause knocking sound going over bumps, it could also throw off the wheel alignment. If it gets bad enough you could lose a wheel, but this does not happen that often. Good luck.

Jun 22, 2010 | 2002 Ford Explorer

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I have a squeeking noise in the front on both sides i was told it was the controll arms needign to be replaced do we need to do the ball joints as well or do they come with both when replacing


you can either buy bottom suspension arms with the ball koint atached or just replace the ball joints.

If the suspension arms are shot, then you should be able to feel this when driving over cats eyes in the road. when the wheels contact the cats eyes they wonder, the steering wil feel like its going both ways, not tight, kinda lose?

Ball joints dont squeek they knock! most times its just as cheap to get ball joints and suspension arms/control arms as one. some things dont translate that good from UK to Us the parts have different names here, but thats the same part I mean. When you remove ball joints and in most cases you have to when replacing the arms, they get damaged and rarely last long after being put back in place, you may aswell pay now for one lot of labour than pay twice.

Hope this helps

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How to change Lower ball joint 2001 subaru outback?


i think the best solution is to replace the lower control arm that has the joint pressed into that member. to release the ball joint from the knuckle...get a 4 lb sledge and hit the side of the cast iron knuckle which will release that beveled shaft of the ball joint out of the knuckle,dont hammer on the threaded ball joint shaft itself ...it generally takes 3 or four strikes but once lose it will fall right down

Mar 13, 2009 | 2003 Subaru Outback

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Replace ball joints


Remove in this order: wheel, loosen the 4 lower ball joint set bolts, cotter pin and nut from tie rod, tie rod from ball joint bracket, ball joint from lower control arm, 4 lower ball joint set bolts, ball joint from suspension. Install is reverse but don't tighten the 4 lower ball joint set bolts.

torque is as follows:
ball joint to control arm- 112 ft-lbs
Tie rod nut- 67 ft-lbs
lower ball joint set bolts- 83 ft-lbs
remember to use a new cotter pin

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