Question about 2002 Chrysler Sebring
What is the procedure to reinstall 2002 chrysler sebring front upper ball joint without removing the control arm. heated and removed worn out ball joint. for new part installation i put the ball joint in freezer for a couple hours, heated up the control arm, ball joint went in about half way and stopped. did i not heat it enough? do i have to remove the upper control arm and have it pressed in?
The dealer's answer (if you are interested).......
The ball joint is pressed into the upper control arm and has a tapered stud for attachment to the steering knuckle. The ball joint stud is attached and locked into the steering knuckle using a special nut. The ball joint is a sealed-for-life type and requires no maintenance. If the ball joint is defective it will require replacement of the entire upper control arm.
Posted on Jun 20, 2008
I have a 2002 Sebring Touring LX. I found the only way to deal with this is to remove the strut assem. and change out the control arm and ball joint as a whole unit. Dis-assem. takes about and hour installing is about the same. Reason when you remove the ball joint as the book shows you. You never get the same results as you will surely make the enrty hole for the ball joint bigger then the origional. Remove all the knuckles and drop the strut tower low enough to compress the spring then you will be able to access the nuts and bolts to the upper control arm. Hope this helps. P.s. the bolts the the control arm must be torqued to 66 foot lbs
Posted on Aug 01, 2009
R&R '02 front end ball joint.. is there an online guideline, or any need to know pointers?
Posted on Jul 08, 2009
I have a 02 Sebring LXI...Actually you can take the upper ball joint out without taking the upper control arm off.
1st Sawzall the bad ball joint off as short as u can get it...2nd use the press that you borrow from the parts store to easily press it out....3rd take your time and with the same tool press it back....it's a bit tricky because of the limited overhead but a little block of wood will give you the over head required....then slowly press it in....bam saved a bunch of $
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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