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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: 1997 DODGE RAM 1500
just tare the axels down and pull the brake callipers and brake disks, to get to the ball joints. un bolt the nuts and take the peice holding the ball joints in and then press out . But you need a ball joint press if you wanna do it on your own
Posted on Jan 06, 2009
Not hard, you'll need a special socket to get the axle nut off and getting the bearing out of the spindle is usually a real chore. Since it sounds like the spindle is already out, you might be able to do it in a press.
To get the ball joints out of the spindle, drive them out with a hammer. If you need to get the ball joint out of the axle, strike the axle next to where the ball joint taper is with a large hammer. That will usually distort the axle material enough (for a split second) to let the tappered section loose.
Posted on May 20, 2009
SOURCE: i have a 1997 dodge
I REPLACED THE ENTIRE FRONT END OF MINE AND WE USED A HYDRAULIC JACK AND THE WEIGHT OF THE TRUCK TO PRESS THEM OUT AND A BALL PING HAMMER TO PUT THEM BACK.
Posted on May 26, 2009
SOURCE: upper and lower ball joints
Jack the truck clear of the ground and let the wheel assembly hang. After you remove the tire place your jack under the lower control arm so it's firm. Remove the cotter pin, if you have one and loosen the big nut almost off. Wedge a "pickle fork" between the control arm and the spindle and give it a belt with a hammer until the ball joint pops. Raise the jack so you can undo the nut easily and separate the control arm and spindle.
The upper ball joint is riveted or bolted in. Grind the rivets or use a cold chisel and remove the ball joint. Clean up the area with some sandpaper, dirt , loose rust, etc.and put the new joint in. Put the spindle back on using the jack if necessary and put the nut back on and tighten.
The lower ball joint is pressed in. Tie the spindle out of the way and brace the lower control arm with some blocks or the jack if you have to. A few whacks with a hammer should pop the joint out. Clean the hole out lightly, just to remove loose rust and dirt. Put the ball joint, minus the grease fitting ,,in the hole and use the jack with a block of wood, to put it in place.You may have to fiddle with the spindle to make sure it is lined up. I've never had any trouble using a 1ton trolley jack and the weight of the truck to put the lower ball joint back in. Replace the nut and grease fitting.
The new ball joints will probably come with cotter pins, use them. Make sure the new joints are tight or they will wear the holes in the spindle. Don't forget to grease the new joints. Hope this helps.
Posted on Jul 14, 2009
SOURCE: removal and replacement of a
You will need certain tools to remove the ball joint. You will need a ball joint removal and installation kit you can find at a local automotive store.Remove brakes and control arms to easily get to ball joint and start the removal. The ball joint kit has instructions on how to remove and install your new ball joint.
Posted on Jul 27, 2009
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