Chrysler Full-Size Trucks 1967-1988 Repair Guide

Upper Ball Joint

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figure 1

  1. Loosen the wheel lug nuts.
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  3. Install a jack under the outer end of the lower control arm and raise the vehicle.
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  5. Remove the wheel.
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It is advisable to spray the bolts and nuts you are working on with penetrating oil, then allow them to sit for a few minutes.

  1. Remove the ball joint nuts. Using a ball joint breaker, loosen the upper ball joint.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Use a ball joint breaker tool to loosen the upper ball joint

  1. Unscrew the ball joint from the control arm.
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To install:
  1. Screw a new ball joint into the control arm and tighten to 125 ft. lbs. (169 Nm). Be sure the ball joint is seated fully against the arm.
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  3. Install the new ball joint seal, using a 2 in. socket. Be sure that the seal is seated on the ball joint housing.
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  5. Insert the ball joint into the steering knuckle and install the ball joint nuts. Tighten the nuts to 135 ft. lbs. (183 Nm) for all but the 1972-74 300 series. On 1972-74 300 series, the torque is 175 ft. lbs. (237 Nm). Install the cotter pins.
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  7. Install the wheel, then lower the truck to the ground.
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