Removal & Installation
The ball joint on 2004-05 models is an integral part of the lower control arm (transverse link) assembly. If the ball joint is found to be defective, replace the transverse link.
To check if ball joint replacement is required, raise and safely support the vehicle clear of the floor and try to rock the wheel up and down. If any play is felt, have an assistant rock the wheel while observing the front suspension lower arm ball joint at the bottom of the steering knuckle. If any movement is seen, the ball joint should be replaced. If not, any wheel play indicates wheel bearing wear.
- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
Remove the tire and wheel.
- Remove and discard the ball joint cotter pin. Loosen the ball joint attaching nut from the steering knuckle. Because of tight clearance, the nut likely cannot be removed until the ball joint stud is loosened and lowered slightly.
- Strike the front knuckle with a hammer while pulling down on the lower control arm. There should now be enough clearance to allow removal of the ball joint stud nut. Separate the ball joint from the steering knuckle.
- Remove the 3 bolts attaching the ball joint to the control arm.
- Remove the ball joint from the control arm.
- Install the ball joint to the control arm and install the attaching bolts.
- Tighten the bolts to 54-65 ft. lbs. (74-88 Nm).
- Install the ball joint into the steering knuckle, just enough to get the nut started on the stud. Then, push the ball joint stud fully in place. Tighten the nut to 52-63 ft. lbs. (71-86 Nm). Secure the nut with a new cotter pin.
- Install the tire and wheel.
- Lower the vehicle.
- A front end alignment check is recommended.
The ball joint on 2004-06 models is an integral part of the lower control arm (transverse link) assembly. If the ball joint is found to be defective, replace the transverse link.