Isuzu Ascender 2003-05

Upper Ball Joints

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Removal & Installation




NOTE
This procedure requires the use of the following special tools: J 9519-E Lower Ball Joint Remover and Installer, J 21474-01 Control Arm Bushing Set and J 45117 Ball Joint Installation Spacer.

  1. On 4WD vehicles, remove the wheel center cap and drive axle nut.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Tire and wheel
     
    Wheel hub and bearing, if necessary
     
    Outer tie rod retaining nut
     
    Out tie rod from the steering knuckle using a suitable puller
     
    Brake hose bracket retaining bolts and bracket
     
    Upper control arm-to-steering knuckle pinch bolt and nut
     
    Upper control arm from the steering knuckle
     
    Lower ball joint retaining nut
     
    Steering knuckle from the lower control arm using a suitable ball joint removal tool
     
    Steering knuckle from the vehicle
     
    Upper ball joint retaining clip
     


    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Install the upper ball joint to the steering knuckle using J 9519-E, J 21474-01 and J 45117

    Upper ball joint from the steering knuckle using Lower Ball Joint Removal and Installer tool No. J 9519-E
     

  6.  


    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Remove the upper ball joint from the steering knuckle using tool No. J 9519-E


To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Upper ball joint to the steering knuckle using J 9519-E, J 21474-01 and J 45117
     
    Upper ball joint retaining clip
     
    Steering knuckle to the lower control arm
     
    Lower ball joint retaining nut and tighten to 81 ft. lbs. (110 Nm)
     
    Upper control arm to the steering knuckle
     
    Upper control arm pinch bolt and nut and tighten to 30 ft. lbs. (41 Nm)
     
    Brake hose bracket to the steering knuckle
     
    Brake hose bracket retaining nuts and tighten to 7 ft. lbs. (10 Nm)
     
    Outer tie rod to the steering knuckle
     
    Outer tie rod retaining nut and tighten to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm)
     
    Wheel hub and bearing, if removed
     
    Tire and wheel
     

  2.  
  3. Lower the vehicle

    Drive axle nut, if 4WD, and tighten to 103 ft. lbs. (140 Nm)
     
    Wheel enter cap, if removed
     

  4.  
  5. Check the front wheel alignment.
  6.  


NOTE
This procedure requires the use of the following special tools: J 9519-E Lower Ball Joint Remover and Installer, J 21474-01 Control Arm Bushing Set and J 45117 Ball Joint Installation Spacer.

  1. On 4WD vehicles, remove the wheel center cap and drive axle nut.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the vehicle.
  4.  
  5. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Tire and wheel
     
    Wheel hub and bearing, if necessary
     
    Outer tie rod retaining nut
     
    Out tie rod from the steering knuckle using a suitable puller
     
    Brake hose bracket retaining bolts and bracket
     
    Upper control arm-to-steering knuckle pinch bolt and nut
     
    Upper control arm from the steering knuckle
     
    Lower ball joint retaining nut
     
    Steering knuckle from the lower control arm using a suitable ball joint removal tool
     
    Steering knuckle from the vehicle
     
    Upper ball joint retaining clip
     
    Upper ball joint from the steering knuckle using Lower Ball Joint Removal and Installer tool No. J 9519-E

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Remove the upper ball joint from the steering knuckle using tool No. J 9519-E

     

  6.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Upper ball joint to the steering knuckle using J 9519-E, J 21474-01 and J 45117
     
    Upper ball joint retaining clip

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Install the upper ball joint to the steering knuckle using J 9519-E, J 21474-01 and J 45117

     
    Steering knuckle to the lower control arm
     
    Lower ball joint retaining nut and tighten to 81 ft. lbs. (110 Nm).
     
    Upper control arm to the steering knuckle
     
    Upper control arm pinch bolt and nut and tighten to 30 ft. lbs. (41 Nm).
     
    Brake hose bracket to the steering knuckle
     
    Brake hose bracket retaining nuts and tighten to 7 ft. lbs. (10 Nm).
     
    Outer tie rod to the steering knuckle
     
    Outer tie rod retaining nut and tighten to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
     
    Wheel hub and bearing, if removed
     
    Tire and wheel
     

  2.  
  3. Lower the vehicle

    Drive axle nut, if 4WD, and tighten to 103 ft. lbs. (140 Nm).
     
    Wheel enter cap, if removed
     

  4.  
  5. Check the front wheel alignment.
  6.  

 
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