Jeep Wagoneer/Commando/Cherokee 1957-1983 Repair Information

Upper Ball Joint

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



1962-66 Trucks with Independent Front Suspension
  1. Raise and support the truck on jackstands under the frame.
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  3. Remove the torsion bar adjusting bolt, locknut, support bracket and adjusting arm.
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  5. Install tool #W-281 and follow Steps 4-8 of Upper Control Arm Removal and Installation.
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  7. Installation is the reverse of removal. See the Upper Control Arm and Torsion Bar procedures.
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ADJUSTMENT1974-83 Models



Adjustment of the upper ball joint is necessary only when there is excessive play in the steering, persistent loosening of the steering linkage, or abnormal wear of the tires.

  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the front tires.
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  3. If the vehicle is equipped with a steering damper, disconnect it at the tie rod and move it aside.
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  5. Unlock the steering column. Disconnect the steering connecting rod. Disconnect the connecting rod at the right side of the tie rod.
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  7. Remove the cotter pin and the retaining nut attaching the tie rod to the right side steering knuckle.
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  9. Rotate both steering knuckles through a complete arc several times. Work from the right side of the vehicle when rotating the knuckles.
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  11. Install a torque wrench on the tie rod retaining nut and check the torque. The torque wrench must be positioned at a ninety degree angle to the steering knuckle arm in order to obtain a correct reading.
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  13. Rotate the steering knuckles slowly through a complete arc and measure the torque required to rotate the knuckles.
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  1. If the reading is less than 25 ft. lb. turning effort is within specification. If not then proceed as follows.
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  3. Disconnect the tie rod from both steering knuckles. Install a one half by one inch bolt, flat washer and nut in the tie rod stud mounting hole in one of the steering knuckles. Tighten the bolt and nut.
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  5. Install the torque wrench according to Step 6.
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  7. Rotate the steering knuckles slowly through a complete arc and measure the torque required to rotate the knuckles.
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  9. If the reading is less than 10 ft. lb. turning effort is within specification and the defect is not related to the knuckle ball studs.
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  11. Install components that were removed to accomplish this procedure.
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  13. Lower the vehicle.
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