Front end bushing and ball joint do you need to change upper and lower bushings at same time and how hard is to them
It's not required to change the upper and the lower at the same time. However it will save you time if you do them both as if one is going out the other will soon.
The actual job is not that difficult but you may need a pickle fork or a ball joint removal tool to disconnect the ball joints from the steering knuckle. You will also need a ball joint press to remove/install the ball joints. You may also need a strut spring compressor. You can rent these at an auto parts store.
Basically you have to do the following
-loosen lug nuts
-jack the vehicle up and place on jack stands
-remove upper ball joint cotter pin and nut
-remove lower ball joint cotter pin and nut
-with pickle fork/ball joint removal tool remove both upper and lower ball joints from steering knuckle
-disconnect tie rod end from knuckle (optional depending on clearance)
-disconnect strut (be sure to install strut spring compressors)
-with ball joint press you will need to press both ball joints out (you also use the press to install ball joints)
Installation is reverse of removal.
For exact instructions you can buy the manual for about $20 or go to autozone.com, register, and view the manual on their site for free.
Jan 26, 2010 |
1999 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup