ParkAvenue 1997-1999

Lower Ball Joints

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Inspection



Specific to:

Buick LeSabre 1986-1999

Buick Park Avenue 1996-1999

Oldsmobile 88 1992-1999

Oldsmobile Delta 88 1986-1988

Oldsmobile LSS 1996-1999

Pontiac Bonneville 1987-1999

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Position a jackstand under the engine cradle, then lower the vehicle so the weight of the vehicle rests on the a jackstand and not the control arms.
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  3. Grasp the wheel at the top and the bottom and shake the wheel in and out.
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  5. If you see any movement at the ball joint or movement of the steering knuckle in relation the control arm, the ball joints are defective and should be replaced.
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Removal & Installation



Specific to:

Buick LeSabre 1986-1999

Buick Park Avenue 1996-1999

Oldsmobile 88 1992-1999

Oldsmobile Delta 88 1986-1988

Oldsmobile LSS 1996-1999

Pontiac Bonneville 1987-1999

Use only the proper tools for separating the ball joint from the steering knuckle. If you don't use the correct tools, you could damage the ball joint and seal.

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Position a jackstand under the engine cradle and lower the vehicle so the weight of the vehicle rests on the jackstand and not the control arms.
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  3. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
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  5. Remove and discard the cotter pin, then loosen the castellated nut from the ball stud.
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Fig. Remove the cotter pin, then loosen the ball stud's castellated nut

  1. Disconnect the ball joint from the steering knuckle, using tool J-36226, or equivalent suitable ball joint separator tool.
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Fig. Removing the ball joint from the knuckle using ball joint separator tool J-36226

  1. Loosen the stabilizer shaft link nut.
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WARNING
Be careful not to damage the halfshaft seals when drilling out the ball joint rivets.

  1. Drill out the three rivets retaining the ball joint, then remove the ball joint from the steering knuckle and the control arm.
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