REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
1962-66 Wagoneer and J-Series Trucks with Independent Front Suspension
This procedure requires the use of a special tool.
- Remove the torsion bar.
- Place a jack under the axle.
- Raise the axle until tool W-281 can be hooked under the control arm and over the shock absorber top mounting bolt.
- Remove the cotter pin and nut from the ball joint.
- Lower the axle until it is free of the upper arm ball joint.
- Remove the six bolts, nuts and lockwashers that hold the ball joint to the control arm.
- Remove the bolts and locknut that hold the two halves of the control arm together.
- Remove the ball joint.
- Remove the nut and spacer from the front end of the hex tube.
- Remove the front control arm half.
- Place a prybar between the frame and the front crossmember and rear half of the upper control arm. Pry the control arm and hex tube as an assembly from the frame front crossmember.
- Installation is the reverse of removal.
The threaded end of the upper ball joint attaching bolts must extend beyond the locknuts. If the threaded portion of the bolts do not extend beyond the locknuts, the bolts must be replaced. The correct torque for the locknuts on the5/16inch bolts is 12-15 ft. lb. and for the3/8in. bolts, 18-30 ft. lb.
- Torque the bolt that holds the control arm halves together, to 18-30 ft. lb.