Question about 2001 Dodge Dakota
Trailing link suspention I think its called
if u have a 4x4 then it all has to come off in order to remove the joint- stablizer bar(s), lower control arm, tie rod end, upper ball joint(just bolts) and seperate steering knuckle from half shaft. after that, its easy
Posted on Aug 04, 2008
Try loosening the retaining nut just a few threads, turn the steering so that you can firmly hit the area just below nut, while putting force down on ball joint.
Try using a brass drift of some type so you don't damage housing too much.
Posted on Aug 02, 2008
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To perform the following procedure, the lower control arm must be removed from the vehicle. Refer to Removal And Installation for that procedure.
NOTE: When installing ball joint in lower control arm, position the ball joint in control arm so notch in ball joint stud is in the direction shown. This will ease assembly of the ball joint to the steering when installing pinch bolt.
CAUTION: Do not use an arbor press to install the sealing boot on the ball joint. Damage to the sealing boot will occur if excessive pressure is applied to the sealing boot when it is being installed.
CAUTION: A replacement ball joint is not pre-lubricated. Properly lubricate the replacement ball joint using Mopar Multi-Mile grease or an equivalent. Lubricate ball joint after seal boot is installed but prior to top of seal boot being pushed down below notch in ball joint stud. Air must vent out of the seal boot at notch when grease is pumped into ball joint, failure to do so will balloon and damage seal boot. Do not over grease the ball joint, this will prevent the seal boot from pushing down on the stud of the ball joint.
CAUTION: After the ball joint is properly greased, clip the end of the grease fleeing off below the hex. The ball joint seal boot is non-purgeable and further greasing is not required and can result in damage to the seal boot.
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