CTS 2006-2007, CTS-V 2005-2007, DTS 2006-2007

Lower Ball Joints

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front wheel
     
    Lower control arm
     

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  5. Using a 0.5 inch (13mm) drill, drill out the 3 rivet heads that attach the ball stud to the lower control arm.
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  7. Remove the ball stud from the lower control arm.

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    Fig. Drill out the rivets to remove the ball joint from the lower control arm

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Ball stud to the lower control arm
     
    Bolts through the upper side of the lower control arm. Torque the new bolts to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm).
     
    Lower control arm
     
    Front wheel
     

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  3. Check and/or adjust the front end alignment.

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    Fig. The replacement ball joint will be bolted to the lower control arm with the bolts supplied in the kit

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FE1 & FE3 Suspensions

The lower control arm must be replaced. The ball joint is not serviced separately.

FE7 Suspension
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Raise the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Remove the tire and wheel.
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  7. Remove the wheel drive shaft nut.
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  9. Remove the brake caliper bolts.
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  11. Support and hang the caliper away from the brake rotor.
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  13. Remove the brake rotor.
  14.  
  15. Disconnect the wheel speed sensor connector.
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  17. Use the J 24319-B and separate the tie rod from the knuckle.
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  19. Remove the nut from the ball joint stud.
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  21. Use J 39549 to separate the ball joint fro