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Ball joints are pressed in, so you have to use a press of some sort to get them out. If you don't have that, you can use a dremmel to cut the old one out, but be EXTREMELY careful, if you do this wrong, there won't be enough pressure for the new universal joint to sit in there properly. Getting to it is fairly simple, Pull off tire and remove the brake components off of the wheel, pull the bolt out of the lower/upper ball joint, and once the steering knuckle is free of the ball joint, have at it using whichever means you choose to get the old one out.

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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.

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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.

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  1. Remove the steering knuckle with wheel hub and bearing attached.
  2. Remove the lower ball joint flange with a chisel.
  3. Install J9519-E and J34874 to the lower ball joint.
  4. Remove the lower ball joint from the lower control arm using J9519-E and J34874


  1. Install the lower ball joint and J9519-E, J41435, and J45105-2 to the lower control arm.
  2. Install the lower ball joint to the lower control arm using J9519-E, J41435, and J45105-2.
  3. Remove J9519-E, J41435, and J45105-2 from the lower control arm
    1. Install J9519-E and J45105-1 to the lower ball joint.
    2. Flare the lower ball joint flange using J9519-E and J45105-1.
    3. Remove J9519-E and J45105-1 from the lower ball joint.
    4. Install the steering knuckle with wheel hub and bearing attached. Install the tire and wheel.
    1. Lower the vehicle.
    2. Check the front wheel alignment.
these jouints are pressed in and there is a flange that is flared this is what the tool numbers refer too.

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SOURCE: I need instructions for lower ball joint removal

If your replacing ball joint anyway try this -
loosen nut the the point where it is just past the end of the bolt, then hit the nut to make everything come apart. The ball joint will be damaged, but if your replacing it anyway.....

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Disconnect the caliper and mount, and hang it aside. Unbolt the 5 or 6, 6mm allen head bolts from the hub. Pull the hub out and remove the snap ring and washers behind it. Loosen the upper ball joint nut a little and break the joint free. Support the lower control arm with a jack and loosen the lower ball joint nut and break it loose also. With the lower control arm supported, remove the upper ball joint nut and slowly remove the lower control arm support (jack). The shock will retain the torsion bar and you can now remove the lower ball joint nut and slide the knuckle off the ball joint. You will be able to move the knuckle and axle around enough to give you access to the four bolts securing the ball joint

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The ball joint is connected to the steering knuckle with a tapered connection, called a steering taper, which is also used in other steering connections.
f57-19.gif A ball joint taper. Courtesy of Moog Automotive, Inc. To remove a ball joint requires the use of a ball joint remover.
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  • Position the vehicle so that the coil spring is pushing on the ball joint. This could require lifting the vehicle or allowing its weight to rest on the wheels.
  • Use a hammer to pound sharply on the steering knuckle on the outside of the taper. this will deform the taper and spring pressure will separate the ball joint from the steering knuckle.
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f57-20.gif Three common ball joint retaining methods. Courtesy of Moog Automotive, Inc. Some ball joints are held in with rivets from the factory. The rivets are drilled and punched to remove them. Bolts and nuts are used to hold the replacement joint in place.
f57-21.gif Original equipment rivets are replaced with nuts and bolts. Courtesy of Moog Automotive, Inc. The most common method is press fit. Some manufacturers require you to replace the entire control arm assembly if a ball joint is to be replaced. In these cases, the ball joint and control arm are made as a single assembly and individual parts are not available.
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Hi, the ball joint is connected to the steering knuckle with a tapered connection, called a steering taper, which is also used in other steering connections.
To remove a ball joint requires the use of a ball joint remover.
Another way of "breaking" the taper is to use a large hammer.
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