Dakota, 2001-2005

Lower Ball Joints

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Removal & Installation



These models utilize a lower control arm with an integral ball joint. If the ball joint is damaged or worn, the lower control arm must be replaced.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, please familiarize yourself with safety procedures.
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  3. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
  4.  
  5. Remove the brake caliper and rotor.
  6.  
  7. Remove the outer tie rod retaining nut from the knuckle.
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  9. Separate the tie rod from the steering knuckle using special tool C-3894-A.
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  11. Remove the upper ball joint nut, then separate the upper ball joint from the knuckle using special tool 8677, or equivalent.
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  13. Remove the lower ball joint nut, then separate the lower ball joint from the steering knuckle using special tool 8677.
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  15. Remove the steering knuckle.
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  17. Move the halfshaft to the side and support the halfshaft out of the way (4WD) only.
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  19. Remove the snapring from the ball joint flange.
    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.

  20.  
  21. Press the ball joint (3) from the lower control arm (4) using special tools C-4212-F (Press) (1), 8445-3 (Driver) (2) and 9604 (Receiver) (5).

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    Fig. Removing the lower ball joint from the control arm

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To install:

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Fig. Installing the lower ball joint


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.

  1. Install the ball joint (3) into the control arm and press in using special tools C-4212-F (press) (1), 8441-4 (Receiver) (2) and 9654-1 (Driver) (4).
  2.  
  3. Install the snapring around the ball joint flange.
  4.  
  5. Remove the support for the halfshaft and install into position 4X4 only.
  6.  
  7. Install the steering knuckle.
  8.  
  9. Install the tie rod end into the steering knuckle, then install the retaining nut and tighten to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Install and tighten the halfshaft nut (if equipped) to 251 Nm (185 ft. lbs.).
  12.  
  13. Install the brake caliper and rotor.
  14.  
  15. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
  16.  
  17. Check the vehicle ride height.
  18.  
  19. Perform a wheel alignment.
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