Grand Cherokee 2006-2007

Lower Ball Joints

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
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  3. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
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  5. Remove the brake caliper and rotor.

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    Fig. Disconnect the tie rod (1) from the steering knuckle using special tool C-3894-A (2)

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  7. Disconnect the tie rod from the steering knuckle using special tool C-3894-A.
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  9. Separate the upper ball joint from the knuckle using special tool 8677.

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    Fig. Separate the lower ball joint (1) from the steering knuckle (2) using special tool 8677 (3)

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  11. Separate the lower ball joint from the steering knuckle using special tool 8677.
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  13. Remove the steering knuckle.
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  15. Move the halfshaft to the side and support the halfshaft out of the way (4X4 only).
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  17. Chisel out the ball joint stakes.
    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.



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    Fig. Press the ball joint from the lower control arm (1) using special tools C-4212-F (Press) (2), C-4212-3 (Driver) (3) and 9654-3 (Receiver) (4)

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  19. Press the ball joint from the lower control arm.
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To install:


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.



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Fig. Install the ball joint (1) into the control arm (2) and press in using special tools C-4212-F (press) (3), 9654-1 (Driver) (4) and 9654-2 (Receiver) (5)

  1. Install the ball joint into the control arm.
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  3. Stake the ball joint flange in four evenly spaced places around the ball joint flange, using a chisel and hammer.
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  5. Remove the support for the halfshaft and install into position (4X4 only).
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  7. Install the steering knuckle.
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  9. Install the tie rod end into the steering knuckle.
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  11. Install and tighten the halfshaft nut to 185 ft. lbs. (251 Nm) (if equipped).
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  13. Install the brake caliper and rotor.
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  15. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
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  17. Check the vehicle ride height
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  19. Perform a wheel alignment.
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