Cavalier, Sunfire 2001-2005

Lower Ball Joints

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
    WARNING
    Care must be exercised to prevent the axle shaft joints from being over-extended.

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  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front wheel
     
    Stabilizer shaft link
     
    Wiring harness from the lower control arm
     
    Lower ball joint from the steering knuckle
     

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  5. Drill out the 3 ball joint-to-lower control arm rivets as follows:
    1. Use an 1 / 8 in. (3mm) drill bit to make a pilot hole through the rivets.
    2.  
    3. Finish drilling rivets with a 1 / 2 in. (13mm) drill bit.
    4.  
    5. Remove the rivets with a punch, if necessary.
    6.  

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  7. Remove the ball joint from the steering knuckle.
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To install:

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Fig. Exploded view of the ball joint mounting

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Ball joint into the control arm
     
    3 new nuts/bolts. Tighten the nuts/bolts to the specifications supplied with new ball joint
     
    Ball joint to the steering knuckle. Torque the nuts to 41 ft. lbs. (55 Nm) plus an additional 180 degree turn, use a new cotter pin.
     
    Wiring harness to the lower control arm
     
    Stabilizer shaft link. Torque the nuts to 13 ft. lbs. (17 Nm).
     
    Front wheel
     

  2.  
  3. Check and/or adjust the front wheel alignment.
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