REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
- Raise the car.
- Remove the tire and wheel.
- Support the lower control arm with a hydraulic floor jack.
- Loosen, but do not remove the lower stud nut.
- Install a ball joint removal tool with the cup end over the upper ball stud nut.
- Turn the threaded end of the ball joint removal tool until the ball stud is free of the steering knuckle.
- Remove the ball joint removal tool and remove the nut from the ball stud.
- Remove the ball joint.
Inspect the tapered hole in the steering knuckle. Clean the area. If any out-of-roundness, deformation, or damage is found, the steering knuckle MUST be replaced.
- Mate the ball stud through the lower control arm and into the steering knuckle.
The ball joint studs use a special nut which must be discarded whenever loosened and removed. On assembly, use a standard nut to draw the ball joint into position on the knuckle, then remove the standard nut and install a new special nut for final installation.
- Install and tighten the ball stud nut to 41-54 ft. lbs.
- Install the tire and wheel.
- Lower the car.