Mazda B-Series 1998-06

Rear-Wheel Drive Coil Spring Front Suspension

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Ball Joints



Inspection


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Fig. Checking the ball joints

  1. Check and adjust the front wheel bearings. Raise and support the vehicle.
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  3. Have a helper grasp the lower edge of the tire and move the wheel assembly in and out.
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  5. While the wheel is being moved, observe the lower spindle arm and the lower part of the axle jaw.
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  7. A 1 / 32 in. (0.8mm) or greater movement between the lower part of the axle jaw and the lower spindle arm indicates that the lower ball joint must be replaced
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  9. To check the upper ball joints, while the wheel is being moved, observe the upper spindle arm and the upper part of the axle jaw.
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  11. A 1 / 32 in. (0.8mm) or greater movement between the upper part of the axle jaw and the upper spindle arm indicates that the upper ball joint must be replaced
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