Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, 1999-2005

Upper Ball Joints

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Removal & Installation




NOTE
Ball stud service procedures below require removal of the hub bearing and axle shaft. Removal and installation of upper ball studs require the use of Tool Kit 6289.

  1. Position tools as shown to remove and install ball stud.

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    Fig. Upper ball joint removal and installation

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, please familiarize yourself with safety procedures.
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  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front wheel
     
    Disc brake caliper and rotor
     
    Wheel bearing
     
    Axle shaft
     
    Steering knuckle
     
    Upper ball joint

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    Fig. Upper ball joint removal and installation

     

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Upper ball joint
     
    Steering knuckle. Torque the nuts to 100 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).
     
    Axle shaft
     
    Wheel bearing
     
    Disc brake caliper and rotor
     
    Front wheel
     

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, please familiarize yourself with safety procedures.
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  3. Raise vehicle and support the axle.
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  5. Remove the tire and wheel.
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  7. Remove the upper ball joint retaining nut.

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    Fig. Separate the upper ball joint from the knuckle using special tool 8677

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  9. Separate the upper ball joint from the knuckle using special tool 8677.
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  11. Remove the wheel speed sensor wire from the upper control arm.
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  13. Move the knuckle out of the way to allow ball joint removal tool access.
    NOTE
    Extreme pressure lubrication must be used on the threaded portions of the tool. This will increase the longevity of the tool and insure proper operation during the removal and installation process.



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    Fig. Press the ball joint from the upper control arm (1) using special tools C-4212-F (PRESS) (2) and 9652 (Driver) (3)

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  15. Press the ball joint from the upper control arm using special tools C-4212-F and 9652.
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To install:


NOTE
Extreme pressure lubrication must be used on the threaded portions of the tool. This will increase the longevity of the tool and insure proper operation during the removal and installation process.



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Fig. Install the ball joint (1) into the upper control arm (2) and press in using special tools C-4212-F (press) (3), 9652 (Driver) (4) and 8975-2 (Receiver) (5)

  1. Install the ball joint into the upper control arm.
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  3. Install the upper ball joint into the knuckle.
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  5. Install the upper ball joint retaining nut and tighten to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).
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  7. Install the wheel speed sensor wire to the upper control arm.
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  9. Install the tire and wheel.
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  11. Remove the supports and lower the vehicle.
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  13. Perform a wheel alignment.
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