Mazda Car 2002-04

Lower Ball Joints

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Removal & Installation



The lower ball joint is an integral part of the lower control and cannot be replaced separately. If the lower ball joint is defective, the entire lower control arm must be replaced. Refer to the lower control arm procedure.

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

    Wheel
     
    Ball joint stud pinch bolt and nut from the steering knuckle
     
    Ball joint by prying it from the knuckle
     
    Ball joint to lower control arm bolt and nut
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Ball joint to lower control arm. Torque the bolt to 86 ft. lbs. (117 Nm)
     
    Ball joint to the knuckle
     
    Ball joint to the steering knuckle. Torque the bolt to 43 ft. lbs. (59 Nm)
     
    Wheel
     

  2.  
  3. Check and/or adjust the front wheel alignment.

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Exploded view of a common lower control arm with replaceable ball joint

  4.  

The lower ball joint is an integral part of the lower control and cannot be replaced separately. If the lower ball joint is defective, the entire lower control arm must be replaced. Refer to the lower control arm procedure.

The lower ball joint is an integral part of the lower control and cannot be replaced separately. If the lower ball joint is defective, the entire lower control arm must be replaced. Refer to the lower control arm procedure.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Wheel
     
    Ball joint stud pinch bolt and nut from the steering knuckle
     
    Ball joint by prying it from the knuckle
     
    Ball joint to lower control arm bolt and nut
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Ball joint to lower control arm. Torque the bolt to 86 ft. lbs. (116 Nm).
     
    Ball joint to the knuckle
     
    Ball joint to the steering knuckle. Torque the bolt to 57 ft. lbs. (77 Nm).
     
    Wheel
     

  2.  
  3. Check and/or adjust the front wheel alignment.

    Click image to see an enlarged view

    Fig. Exploded view of a common lower control arm with replaceable ball joint

  4.  

 
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