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How do i put new ball joints in i took the old ones out i have a press kit from advancved auto cant seem to find the right size

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Front end noisy when driving over small rocks or bumps also front end shakes when braking


Usually only two things on the front end that cause noise for those reasons. Tie-rod ends or ball joints. To check tie-rod ends: fastest way is just to get under there and grab them and try to make them move by hand, best way is jack one side and move tire side to side, if loose and clunky, it's a tie-rod end. as for ball joints: again, jack up one side just enough to get tire a couple inches off the ground and then put a pry bar under the tire and try to lift it. If it lifts right up, and I don't mean lifting the whole car just the tire and it sounds clunky, it's a ball joint. Best to do upper and lower at the same time if it is a ball joint. Some B/J are pressed in and you will need a special tool to remove and install new ones. Advanced Auto will loan you the tools for this job if you plan to do it yourself, with a deposit of about $300.00 (It's a big kit they loan you) If it's the first time the BJ's are being changed they are probably going to be riveted in and you will have to grind or drill them out. I recommend grinding the rivets with a 4" grinder, much faster. (a 9" grinder won't fit in the space you have to work) As for the tie-rod ends, usually best to do inner & outer. (Some newer cars just have one, an outer) Remember to wrap a piece of tape around the threads at the point the old TRE's end at. So when you screw new ones on, you will put them at the right location, otherwise you will have to get a frontend alignment, if you don't keep the tires toe-in & toe-out at the same place they were when you started.

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REPLACE LOWER BALL JOINTS


Lowers are the hard ones. There is a kit to remove them which makes it much easier to do. Most autoparts store will rent it to you and its a good idea to use it. The options are use the kit and do one in 30 minutes or spend hours beating on the bll joint to get them in and out.

Instructions are as follows for replacement of a ball joint.
remove tire
remove ****** pin and nut from joint
using a ball joint seperator fork seperate the ball joint from the spindle
then using the kit press the ball joint out
reverse process to install new joint.

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Do I replace the whole upper control arm or press new ball joint, also do I index the arm before removeall or can I just replace the arm.


Although you never said what model, 2 or 4 wheel drive and the engine size, I looked around and found this.
Both 2 & 4 wheel drive take the same ball joint &/or upper control arm. You can opt to do what ever is money wise or easier for you. Auto-zone carries both. You can press a new one in for about 30 bucks or replace the arm with the ball joint for 104. Auto-zone will lend you the press for no charge if you buy the part there. And as far as indexing, yes always. Although anytime front end components are changed a front wheel alignment should be done. The bushing bolts are your Camber adjustments.
http://www.autozone.com/autozone/parts/1999-Chevrolet-Silverado-1500-4WD/Ball-Joint-Upper/_/N-jdwjeZ8oxkv

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1992 lower ball joint replacement


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Dealer want to change my lower ball joints on my lincoln 2004 towncar for $1100 any cheaper way and is it dangares


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