Question about 1998 Saturn SC
What you speak of is called a hiem joint. There has to be a sleeve or ring still on the trans rod the holds the ball in the socket. Look on the shift rod and see is it still there. If yes, pop the ball back in the socket and the ring back in on the ball, Find out what holds the ring in against the ball and fix that.
Posted on Jul 15, 2017
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Ball joints are a serious safety issue, especially if they are making noise. Strut Rod bushings slightly less so. I agree with you, if they are that bad you should have heard your noise before you changed the tires. You didn't sat what kind of noise, but the problems he suggested should make a clunk or snap. Your best bet would be to double check to make sure he properly tightened the wheel nuts when he changed the tires, if you have alloy rims they need to be torqued. If he just put them on with an air gun he may have damaged the rim which could make it break and fall off. And take the car to a repair shop that you trust and have them check your front end. They'll be able to tell you what the tire guy did. Don't put it off because you will find yourself in serious trouble if any of these things are the problem.
Posted on Jun 07, 2009
You will have to get a couple of tools for this job, a "pickle fork" and a pitman arm puller. You may be able to rent or borrow, but you should be able to buy them for about $80. They come in handy. To do the ball joints, jack up the truck and block it. With the wheel off remove the big nut on the inside of the spindle. Wedge your pickle fork between the spindle and control and give it a few belts with a hammer until the ball joint comes outof the spindle. Don't be shy with the hammer. Next you remove the ball joint from the control arm. IT may be riveted or bolted. Grind the rivets off, with a mini grinder. Bolt the new ball joint into the control arm tight and put it back in the spindle. Tighten up the big nut. If you are using a socket or box end wrench when you can't turn it any more it should be tight enough,put your shoulder into it when you tighten. Do your ball joints one at a time. You can use this procedure to remove the pitman arm from the center link. To remove the pitman arm from the steering box, remove the nut first. Hook up your puller making sure it is centered on the steering box shaft and straight with the angle of the box. Tighten the center bolt. When it gets hard to turn with your wrist give the bolt a sharp rap with a hammer. REpeat this until the pitman arm comes off. Put the new one on,they are usually made so that they will only go on in one position on the steering box. Make sure you before you tighten it that you didn't put it on upside down. When you sure it's on right tighten it up. Itshould return to a similar position on the steering shaft as the old one you took off. Reconnect the other end to the center link. Make sure you grease whatever you replace, and get your truck aligned as soon as possible, or your tires will start to wear funny.
Posted on Jun 15, 2009
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