Grasp the top of the front wheel and pull it in and out several times to check for excessive movement of the ball joint; if no movement exist, the joint is in good shape.REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION
RWD I-Mark and Impulse
- Raise the car and support it safely. Remove the wheel.
- Remove the upper brake caliper bolt and slide the hose retaining clip back about 1 / 2 in. (13mm).
- Remove the lower shock absorber nut and bolt and push the shock absorber up.
- Place a hydraulic jack under the outer extreme of the lower control arm and raise until level.
- Loosen the upper ball joint nut until the top of the nut is flush with the top of the ball joint.
- Using special tool J26407 or equivalent, disconnect the upper ball joint from the steering knuckle.
- Remove the two bolts connecting the upper ball joint to the upper control arm. Remove the ball joint.
- Install the new ball joint in the control arm so that the cut-off portion is facing outward. Torque all attaching nuts and bolts.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
- Remove the tension from the torsion bar.
- Remove the upper ball joint-to-steering knuckle nut.
- Using a ball joint separator tool, separate the upper ball joint from the steering knuckle.
- Remove the upper ball joint-to-upper control arm bolts and the ball joint.
- Install the ball joint and torque the upper ball joint-to-upper control arm bolts to 21 and 1925 ft. lbs. (29 and 1935 Nm) and the upper ball joint-to-steering knuckle nut to 7287 ft. lbs. (96 and 19117 Nm) for 2WD or to 65 and 1980 ft. lbs. (88 and 19108 Nm) for 4WD.
- Adjust the tension on the torsion bar and lower the vehicle.