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How do I replace upper and lower ball joints? 1995 gmc 4 x 4 305 eng The lower ball joint is pressed in. Do I have to remove the cv axle and torsion bars?

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No you don't, although the nut won't come all the way off you have to wedge the control arm to get it off

Posted on Aug 27, 2010

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Must the torsion bar be removed on my 1995 Ford explorer 4whdr.6cyl when changing out the lower ball joints? And what kind of puller would be needed to remove the spindle/rotors?


You do not need to remove the torsion bar. just jack up the vehicle under the lower control arm. The shock will also keep the lower control arm from traveling to far.

If it has a torsion bar running through the lower control arm than it must have independent front suspension. Remove the caliper and bracket. The rotor should knock off but it can be left on. remove the axle nut. The drive axle should push through the hub. Some tapping with a hammer may be needed. Separate the upper and lower ball joints from the knuckle and remove the knuckle (you will be able to push the drive axle all the way through once the knuckle is free of the ball joints).

remove the snap ring from the lower ball joint and hit it out with a hammer. You will need a ball joint press to install the new ball joint.

Let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for using FixYa.com!

Feb 10, 2012 | 1995 Ford Explorer

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How to replace a CV joint 2000 Cavalier Drivers side


Buy the right CV axle. Raise right front of vehicle. Remove wheel. use a lugnut and washers to secure brake rotor so that it is not flopping and trapping rust behind. Remove axle nut. Loosen nuts from outer tie rod end stud and lower ball joint stud almost all the way off, but do not remove them completely. Seperate the studs from knuckles by striking each knuckle with a ball peen hammer. After the tie rod and lower ball joint are seperated from the spindle knuckles, pry down on lower control arm and push end of axle through hub toward transaxle until hub and spindle assembly is free from axle/CV joint. Place drain pan under transmission. Carefully place pry bar between innner CV joint and transmission and pop axle assembly loose. Install new axle in reverse of the dissassembly.

Feb 21, 2010 | 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier

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Do you have to remove either the upper or lower ball joint to remove front left cv axle?also is the hub have to be pressed on and off,or can i snug it up with the axle nut?


You will have to remove the lower joint to remove it. You can snug it up with the axle nut but it will require a air impact.

Jan 02, 2010 | 2001 Dodge Dakota

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How to change lower ball joint


u need 35mm nut socket to remove wheel nut then remove brake caliber and rotor then you to with a gear puller pull the wheel axle from cv shaft ,then remove upper and lower ball joint nut with ball joint fork start banging with hammer or airtools

Dec 21, 2009 | 2000 GMC Jimmy

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Upper and lower ball joint replacement


to remove the axles, remove brake caliper and disc, remove hub assembly, the center hub/axle nut and...(there are i think 3-4 bolts on the back side of the spindle to remove the hub), you may have to force the hub off the spindle with a hammer or air hammer... once the hub is out the axle should slide out of the front differential allowing access to the ball joint nuts for removal...

Jun 12, 2009 | 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 Truck

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Lower Ball Joint


You will have to remove it and replace it with a new one. The general steps for doing that is: 1)remove the tire 2)remove the caliper and rotor 3)remove the outer tie rod from the spindle 4)remove the axle nut 5) remove the cv axle 5)remove the nut on the ball joint 6) bang ball joint out and press in a new one. Then reassembly is exactly the reverse as disassembly.

Jun 10, 2009 | 1995 Nissan Pickup

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Bad right rear axle. Need to know how to replace axle.


Dana or Ford axle?

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SECTION 205-05: Rear Drive Halfshafts 2002 Explorer/Mountaineer Workshop Manual
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION Halfshaft
Special Tool(s) s2n~us~en~file=st2258a.gif~gen~ref.gif Protector, Differential Seal
205-506 s2n~us~en~file=st2272a.gif~gen~ref.gif Remover, Front Wheel Hub
205-D070 (D93P-1175-B) or equivalent s2n~us~en~file=st2309a.gif~gen~ref.gif Remover, Halfshaft
205-502
Removal and Installation
NOTE: This procedure applies to both rear halfshaft assemblies.
  1. s2n~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif CAUTION: Do not loosen the rear axle wheel hub retainer until after the wheel and tire assembly are removed from the vehicle. Wheel bearing damage will occur if the wheel bearing is unloaded with the weight of the vehicle applied.
    With the vehicle in NEUTRAL, raise and support the vehicle. For additional information, refer to Section 100-02 .
  1. Remove the rear wheel and tire assembly. For additional information, refer to Section 204-04 .
  1. NOTE: Have an assistant press the brake pedal to keep the axle from rotating.
    Remove and discard the rear axle wheel hub retainer and the washer.
  1. s2n~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif CAUTION: To prevent damage to the brake hose, do not allow the disc brake caliper to hang suspended from the hose.
    Remove the brake disc.
    1. Remove the two bolts and lift the disc brake caliper and brake pads off the brake disc.
      • Using mechanics wire, position the disc brake caliper out of the way.
    1. Remove the brake disc.
  1. Remove the bolt retaining the parking brake cable bracket to the frame.
  1. s2n~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif CAUTION: Cover the stabilizer link bolt threads and the nut to prevent boot damage when removing the halfshaft assembly from the vehicle.
    Using a rubber hose approximately 37.5 mm (1.5 in) long, cover the stabilizer link bolt threads and nut.
  1. s2n~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif WARNING: The bolt that retains the upper ball joint to the knuckle is longer and it has fewer threads than the bolt that retains the toe link to the knuckle. Switching these bolts during installation will prevent the pinch arms on the knuckle from correctly retaining the toe link to the knuckle. This may cause the toe link to separate from the knuckle during vehicle operation. Failure to follow these instructions may result in personal injury.
    Remove the pinch bolts and disconnect the toe link and upper ball joint from the knuckle.
  1. s2n~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif CAUTION: Support the rear suspension upper arm to prevent boot damage when removing the halfshaft assembly from the vehicle.
    Using a wood stick, approximately 450 mm (18 in) long and 25 mm (1 in) wide, support the rear suspension upper arm.
  1. s2n~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif CAUTION: Do not use a hammer to separate the outboard CV joint from the hub. Damage to the threads and internal CV joint components may result.
    s2n~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif CAUTION: Once the outboard CV joint separates from the hub the knuckle will continue to pivot until the brake backing plate presses against the suspension lower arm. To prevent damage to the brake backing plate, immediately after separating the outboard CV joint from the hub, rest the knuckle on a cushioned support that is tall enough to keep the backing plate from pressing against the suspension lower arm.
    Separate the outboard CV joint from the hub and rest the knuckle on a cushioned support.
    1. Using the special tool, press the outboard CV joint until it is loose in the hub.
    1. Remove the special tool.
    1. Separate the outboard CV joint from the hub.
    1. Rest the knuckle on a cushioned support.
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  1. s2n~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif CAUTION: Do not damage the axle shaft oil seal or the machined sealing surface on the inboard CV joint housing.
    s2n~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif CAUTION: Do not allow the splines on inboard CV joint housing to touch the axle shaft oil seal.
    NOTE: A circlip retains the inboard CV joint housing to the differential side gear in the axle.
    Using the special tool, disengage the inboard CV joint housing from the differential side gear.
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  1. s2n~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif CAUTION: To prevent damage to the axle shaft oil seal, install the special tool before removing the inboard CV joint housing from the axle.
    Install the special tool.
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  1. Remove the halfshaft assembly from the vehicle.
  1. s2n~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif CAUTION: To prevent damage to the axle shaft oil seal, install the Differential Seal Protector before positioning the inboard CV joint housing in the axle.
    s2n~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif CAUTION: Always install the halfshaft with a new retainer circlip and a new rear axle wheel hub retainer.
    s2n~us~en~file=ani_caut.gif~gen~ref.gif CAUTION: Never use power tools to tighten the rear axle wheel hub retainer.
    To install, reverse the removal procedure.

Apr 17, 2009 | Ford Explorer Cars & Trucks

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Cv joint replacement


Remove the tire and tighten 2 lugnuts onto the brake rotor. remove the axle nut in center of the brake rotor and drive the axle out of the spindle. If the ball joint is original, you have to grind out the rivets on the lower control arm. Remove and replace the ball joint with the hardware included with the ball joint. Next, pry-unsnap the axle end from the transaxle with a prybay and drive-snap in the new axle shaft into the transaxle. reverse to assemle, align front end and wholla! your done. 1 hour,15 min. $115.00 to do it yourself.

Mar 07, 2009 | 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

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Upper and lower ball joint


The ball joints are pressed into the steering knuckles. To remove them requires use of a ball joint press. If you don't have one you can usually rent one from a major auto parts retailer. You'll have to remove the brake calipers, rotors and backing plates. Disconnect the tie rod ends, and remove the upper pinch bolt. The lower joint has a nut that holds it to the axle that must be removed as well. Use a ball joint separator or "pickle fork" tool to separate the lower joint from the axle. Once you have the steering knuckle in hand, remove the snap ring from the bottom of the lower joint. Use the press to push the lower joint out then do the upper. replace the upper joint first using the press then do the lower joint in a similar fashion. Installation is naturally the reverse of removal. One thing to note is that the upper ball joint is located in the axle with a bushing. This bushing is where caster and camber adjustments are made. the factory presets these measurements using a bushing with a tab on it that locates it only one way in the axle. If the vehicle has ever been aligned and caster and camber adjustments were performed, the factory bushing will have been replaced with an aftermarket bushing. These bushings are rotatable and care must be taken to note where they were indexed in the axle. You should probably still get the alignment checked though, as suspension parts will tend to settle, and steering angles will change. Hope this helps.

Sep 01, 2008 | 2004 Ford E250

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