Aura, Outlook 2007

Lower Ball Joints

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Removal & Installation



The ball joint is an integral part of the control arm, if defective replace the control arm.

  1. Remove the lower control arm assembly.
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  3. Install the lower control arm in a vise.
    NOTE
    Use a center punch to aid in starting the drill if drilling the rivet.

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  5. Drill or grind off the head of the rivet.
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  7. Use a punch and a hammer to loosen the rivets from the lower control arm.
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  9. Remove the rivets from the lower control arm.
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  11. Remove the ball joint from the lower control arm.
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To install:

  1. Position the ball joint on the lower control arm.
    NOTE
    When tightening the mounting nuts and bolts for the ball joint, hold the bolt and torque the nut for the proper torque measure.

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  3. Install the ball joint mounting nuts and bolts . Tighten to 50 ft. lbs. (68 Nm).
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  5. Remove the lower control arm assembly from the vise.
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  7. Install the lower control arm.
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  9. Check the front end alignment of the vehicle.
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