Land Rover 2000-05

Lower Ball Joints

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Removal & Installation




NOTE
Each ball joint can be replaced up to 3 times before the yoke bore becomes over-sized. At each replacement, the yoke should be marked. Check for yellow paint marks about 0.5 inch (12mm) wide. If 3 marks are found, axle case must be replaced.

The ball joints are not replaceable. If a ball joint becomes defective, the control arm must be replaced.


NOTE
Each ball joint can be replaced up to 3 times before the yoke bore becomes over-sized. At each replacement, the yoke should be marked. Factory-trained technicians mark the yoke with yellow paint at each replacement.


CAUTION
Each ball joint can be replaced up to 3 times before the axle yoke bore becomes oversize. Before commencing work, clean the surrounding area of the joint to be renewed and check for yellow paint marks. If more than 2 marks are found, the axle case must be renewed.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the swivel hub.
  4.  
  5. Assemble the ball joint press tools LRT-54-008/10 and /11 as shown, then press the joint out of the axle yoke.
  6.  


NOTE
When the ram lead screw reaches the end of the stroke, retract the lead screw, screw the ram into the base tool and repeat the operation the until joint is free from the axle.

  1. Remove the screw and collect the adapter from the base tool.
  2.  

To install:



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Fig. Be sure to install the adjustable collet (6) into the swivel hub-Range Rover (2001-02)

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Fig. Install the tool into the axle casing with the -TOP- mark facing out upwards-Range Rover (2001-02)



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Fig. Using tool LTR-54-006/2 to adjust the height of the hub-Range Rover (2001-02)

  1. Clean the joint location and the surrounding area of the axle yoke, then make a 12mm wide yellow paint stripe on the axle yoke, adjacent to joint location.
  2.  
  3. Align the tool assembly and press the joint into the axle yoke.
  4.  
  5. Remove the tools from the axle yoke.
  6.  
  7. Install the swivel hub onto the axle.
  8.  


CAUTION
Each ball joint can be replaced up to 3 times before the axle yoke bore becomes oversize. Before commencing work, clean the surrounding area of the joint to be renewed and check for yellow paint marks. If more than 2 marks are found, the axle case must be renewed.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the swivel hub.
  4.  
  5. Assemble the ball joint press tools LRT-54-008/10 and /11 as shown, then press the joint out of the axle yoke.
    NOTE
    When the ram lead screw reaches the end of the stroke, retract the lead screw, screw the ram into the base tool and repeat the operation the until joint is free from the axle.

  6.  
  7. Remove the screw and collect the adapter from the base tool.
  8.  

To install:

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Fig. Be sure to install the adjustable collet (6) into the swivel hub-Range Rover



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Fig. Install the tool into the axle casing with the TOP mark facing out upwards-Range Rover



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Fig. Using tool LTR-54-006/2 to adjust the height of the hub-Range Rover

  1. Clean the joint location and the surrounding area of the axle yoke, then make a 12mm wide yellow paint stripe on the axle yoke, adjacent to joint location.
  2.  
  3. Align the tool assembly and press the joint into the axle yoke.
  4.  
  5. Remove the tools from the axle yoke.
  6.  
  7. Install the swivel hub onto the axle.
  8.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Axle shaft
     
    Mud shield
     
    Track rod
     
    Drag link
     
    Ball joint nuts
     
    Break loose the knuckle
     

  4.  
  5. Using forcing tools, such as LRT-54-008 and 008/11 and /12, force the joint from the yoke.
  6.  

To install:

  1. Clean the yoke thoroughly.
  2.  
  3. Place a 12mm yellow paint stripe on the yoke adjacent to the bore.
  4.  
  5. Place a forcing tools, such as LRT-54-008, 022 and 008/14on the yoke.
  6.  
  7. Position the ball joint and align the tools.
  8.  
  9. Press the ball joint into the yoke.
  10.  
  11. Position the knuckle on the ball studs. Torque the upper nut to 81 ft. lbs. (110 Nm); the lower nut to 100 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).
  12.  
  13. Connect the track rod and drag link. Torque the nuts to 59 ft. lbs. (81 Nm).
  14.  
  15. The remainder of assembly is the reverse of disassembly.
  16.  


NOTE
Each ball joint can be replaced up to 3 times before the yoke bore becomes over-sized. At each replacement, the yoke should be marked. Factory-trained technicians mark the yoke with yellow paint at each replacement.


NOTE
Each ball joint can be replaced up to 3 times before the yoke bore becomes over-sized. At each replacement, the yoke should be marked. Check for yellow paint marks about 0.5 inch (12mm) wide. If 3 marks are found, axle case must be replaced.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the steering knuckle.
  4.  
  5. On tool LRT-54-008, install LRT-54-008/22, LRT-54-008/23 and LRT-54-008/24.
  6.  
  7. Use this tool assembly, mounted to the underside of the lower ball joint to press the ball joint from the axle. When the tool ram lead screw reach the end of its stroke, retract the screw and screw the ram further into the tool, then turn the lead screw further in. Repeat this process until ball joint is released from axle.
  8.  
  9. Remove the tool set.
  10.  
  11. Remove the lower ball joint from the axle yoke.
  12.  

To install:

  1. Clean the ball joint location and surround area of axle yoke thoroughly.
  2.  
  3. Place a 0.5 inch (12mm) wide yellow paint stripe on the axle yoke adjacent to the lower ball joint bore.
  4.  
  5. Place a forcing tools, such as LRT-54-008 with LRT-54-022 and 008/14 onto the lower ball joint and position on the axle yoke.
  6.  
  7. Position the ball joint and ensure the tools are properly aligned.
  8.  
  9. Press the ball joint into the yoke.
    CAUTION
    Damage to ball joint boot will result if tools are not properly aligned.

  10.  
  11. Remove the tool set.
  12.  
  13. Position the knuckle on the ball studs. Torque the lower ball joint nut to 100 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).
  14.  


NOTE
Each ball joint can be replaced up to 3 times before the yoke bore becomes over-sized. At each replacement, the yoke should be marked. Check for yellow paint marks about 0.5 inch (12mm) wide. If 3 marks are found, axle case must be replaced.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support vehicle chassis with safety stands.
  4.  
  5. Remove the front wheels.
  6.  
  7. Loosen the lower arm-to-sub-frame bolt a quarter turn.
  8.  
  9. Remove the height sensor link.
  10.  
  11. Remove the lower arm ball joint-to-hub nut.
  12.  
  13. Release the lower ball joint and disconnect the lower arm from the hub.
  14.  
  15. Loosen the tie rod-to-sub-frame bolt one quarter turn.
  16.  
  17. Remove the tie rod end-to-ball joint nut.
  18.  
  19. Release the tie rod from the ball joint.
  20.  
  21. Remove 2 bolts and remove lower ball joint.
  22.  

To install:

  1. Clean the ball joint and mating surface.
  2.  
  3. Install the ball joint using new bolts. Tighten the bolts to 44 ft. lbs. (60 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Connect the tie rod and tighten the bolt to 59 ft. lbs. (80 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Install the ball joint to the hub and tighten the nut to 59 ft. lbs. (80 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Replace the bolts attaching the lower arm to the sub-frame but do not tighten.
  10.  
  11. Connect the height sensor link.
  12.  
  13. Install the front wheels and lower the vehicle.
  14.  
  15. Tighten the tie rod-to-sub-frame and lower arm-to-sub-frame bolts to 121 ft. lbs. (165 Nm), plus an additional 90 degrees.
  16.  
  17. Check the front wheel alignment.
  18.  

 
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