The ball joints are not replaceable. If the ball joints are found to be defective, the lower control arm assembly must be replaced.
Fig. Fig. 1 If the checking surface is flush with the ball joint cover, the ball joint must be replaced with a new one
Fig. Fig. 2 To remove a front strut, hold the upper stud steady while loosening the mounting nut ...
Fig. Fig. 3 ... then remove the nut
Fig. Fig. 4 Remove the brake caliper (A) and the brake rotor (B) ...
Fig. Fig. 5 ... then support the lower control arm with a floor jack and cover the exposed spindle
Fig. Fig. 6 Remove the two lower mounting nuts and bolts ...
Fig. Fig. 7 ... then lower the strut out of the vehicle
Support the vehicle in normal driving position with both ball joints loaded.
Wipe the grease fitting and checking surface, so they are free of dirt and grease. The checking surface is the round boss into which the grease fitting is threaded.
The checking surface should project outside the cover. If the checking surface is inside the cover, replace the lower arm assembly.