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How do i remove the lower balljoint from the control arm

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2001 sport trac doeslower control arm have to be replaced due to balljoint or just balljoint replaced.


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replacement ball joints should come with the bolts needed to replace the rivets
some lower control arms have the ball joints pressed in so it is necessary to press out the old ball joint then press in the new unit

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You need the repair manual. You will need some
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How to install upper ball joint


  1. jack up car -remove tire
  2. support car on stands
  3. put jack under lower control arm with a little pressure
  4. remove carterpin-remove castle nut on top ball joint
  5. let jack down but dont remove yet!
  6. if the ball jiont didnt seperate from spindle pry or hit with hammer or you can get balljiont seperater tool
  7. after get loose go ahead let jack on down - very slow - spring under pressure dangerous but if let jack down easy it will be fine
  8. if ball joint has rivets grind or cut off w/air chesil the rivets ;new will have bolts.
  9. after balljoint is on just replace in reverse order.
  10. (just jack up lower control arm til top balljoint is in place)

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They need to be pressed out then back in. Take it to a shop and save yourself a lot of headache

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I have a 2001 dakota do I have to change the lower control arm to change the ball joint??


No you don't have to change the lower control arm to install a new balljoint.These balljoints come riveted in at the factory, you must grind the rivets then drive them through with a drift punch then they pull out....Then you can install new balljoints.I hope I could help...

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How do I install a control arm with ball joint on a dodge avenger.


a92829e.gif The lower arms #4 and #5 are quite easy to swap out.
Raise and support the car, remove the front wheel on the side you are changing. #4 is attached to the crossmember by 1 bolt and 1 nut holds the balljoint side, there is another bolt connecting the shock/strut to this arm. I've found that removing the bolt from the connection to the strut and loosening, don't remove, the other nuts and bolts, is the best way to proceed. Once loose, unless you have a seperator, you will need to use a persuader aka hammer to get the joint apart. Take care not to damage the knuckle. It caused me many headaches trying to figure out why the dust boots were always getting torn up, damage from b4 I even had the car. Ok, once you have the arm out, start by installing the balljoint side first, then attach the shock fork to the arm, tighten this one, then attach to the crossmember, DO NOT TIGHTEN this one. Get another jack and postion it under the new arm as close as possible to the balljoint. Raise the jack to compress the suspension, until you are almost lifting the car. This should get the balljoint pretty snug and u shouldn't have any trouble tightening the nut. At this point you are pretty much done except for the bolt attaching to the crossmember. Once the wheel is back on and the vehicle lowered, this is when you tighten this bolt (right out of CHILTON'S repair manual) to not get excessive strain on the rubber bushing. For the curved, compression, arm, you do pretty much the same thing just seperate the balljoint first then remove the bolts from the undercarriage. Reverse to install.

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How to remove the upper ball joints on a 2001 Ford Explorer Sports track


You will need to jack up the vehicle and also support it by the lower control arms as well as the frame. Remove the front wheels and place them aside.unbolt the upper control arms.....and wedge a pickle fork between the upper balljoint and spindle to knock the upper balljoint loose. Then simply reinstall the new control arms....which have the balljoints in them already.install the balljoint nuts and cotter pins and then reinstall the wheels and lower truck back to the ground.Be sure to drive vehicle to an alignment shop asap so you do not start to eat up your tires. get back to me if you have any more questions...i'm here to help!!!!!

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How do i replace the upper and lower ball joints on my 2000 dodge durango


Dear Balljoint Replacer.....
This is a very labor intensive repair.The specialty tools that you need will be an air (or electric) die grinder, and an air hammer.If you already have these then GREAT!!! If not then be prepared to invest in a good $500 purchase for these tools.Once you get the vehicle up in the air and the wheels off then place jackstands underneath the frame and the lower control arms on both sides.Keep in mind to keep the jack stands underneath the lower control arms at all times because your suspension will be under load.Remove the brake calipers from both sides and swing them around and out of the way.....no need to break open the brake system....just swing the caliper and whole hose assy out of the way. Once tis is done its time to loosen and remove both upper and lower balljoint nuts...after that is performed then it's time to shock the spindle with a hammer to release the balljoints from the spindle.Your balljoints will then be ready to be removed.Now you have to take your grinder and score your rivets that hold your balljoints in on both the upper and lower so the top of the rivets are ground down to the control arm.Next take a punch and hammer the rivets in a downward movement to release the rivets and you can remove each balljoint like that.
The new balljoints install with nuts and bolts.Install is reverse of disassembly If you have any questions get back to me...HOPE I COULD HELP!!

Nov 17, 2009 | 2000 Dodge Durango

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