Liberty, Wrangler, 1997-2005

Upper Ball Joints

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
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  3. Raise and support the vehicle.
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  5. Support the rear axle with a hydraulic jack.
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  7. Remove the ball joint pinch bolt from the top of the axle.
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  9. Separate the ball joint arm assembly from the differential housing by prying upwards.
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  11. Remove the upper suspension arm from the vehicle.
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  13. Secure the suspension arm in a vise.
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  15. Install special tools C-4212F (press), 8861-3 (driver) and 8861-2 (receiver).
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  17. Press out the old ball joint.

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    Fig. Rear upper ball joint removal-Liberty



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    Fig. Rear upper ball joint installation-Liberty

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To install:

  1. Install special tools C-4212F (press), 8861-1 (receiver) and 8861-2 (driver) with the ball joint in place.
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  3. Press the ball joint in the upper suspension arm.
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  5. Remove the upper suspension arm from the vise.
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  7. Reinstall the upper suspension arm.
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  9. Raise the rear axle with a hydraulic jack to align the ball joint with the differential housing bracket.
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  11. Insert the ball joint into the differential housing bracket.
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  13. Install the ball joint pinch bolt and tighten to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
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  15. Remove the supports and lower the vehicle.
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