Chevrolet Chevette/1000 1976-1988 Repair Guide

Lower Ball Joint

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



  1. Raise the car.
  2.  
  3. Remove the tire and wheel.
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  5. Support the lower control arm with a hydraulic floor jack.
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  7. Loosen, but do not remove the lower stud nut.
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  9. Install a ball joint removal tool with the cup end over the upper ball stud nut.
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  11. Turn the threaded end of the ball joint removal tool until the ball stud is free of the steering knuckle.
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  13. Remove the ball joint removal tool and remove the nut from the ball stud.
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  15. Remove the ball joint.
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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.

To install:

  1. Mate the ball stud through the lower control arm and into the steering knuckle.
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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.

  1. Install and tighten the ball stud nut to 41-54 ft. lbs.
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  3. Install the tire and wheel.
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  5. Lower the car.
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