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GM Full-Size Trucks 1988-1998 Repair Information

Ball Joints

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CHECKING TURNING EFFORT



See Figure 1

  1. Raise and support the front end on jackstands.
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  3. Remove the wheels.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Checking the ball joint turning effort-V-Series

  1. Disconnect the connecting rod and tie rod at each knuckle.
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  3. Position the knuckle in the straight-ahead position and attach a spring scale to the tie rod hole of the knuckle. Pull at a right (90¡) angle and determine the amount of pull necessary to keep the knuckle moving after initial break-away. The pull should not exceed 25 lbs. (111.2 N) in either direction for each knuckle. If pull is excessive, the ball joint can be adjusted. See the procedure in this section. If no adjustment is required, connect the connecting rod and tie rod.
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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 2 and 3

The following special tools, or their equivalents, are necessary for this procedure: J-9519-30, J-23454-1, J-23454-4, J-23454-3, J-23454-2, J-23447.

  1. Raise and support the front end on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheels.
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  5. Remove the locking hubs.
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  7. Remove the spindle.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Removing the lower ball joint-V-Series



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Fig. Fig. 3: Removing the upper ball joint-V-Series

  1. Disconnect the tie rod end from the knuckle.
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  3. Remove the knuckle-to-steering arm nuts and adapters.
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  5. Remove the s