Removal & Installation
The ball joint is not replaceable separately. If the ball joint must be replaced, replace the lower arm and the ball joint as an assembly.
- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
- Make sure that the front tire and wheel assemblies are in the straight ahead position.
- Raise and support the vehicle safely.
- Remove the tire and wheel assemblies.
Install the ball joint thread protector tool on to the ball joint stud.
Apply grease to the ball joint removal tool. Install the tool carefully. Be sure not to damage the ball joint boot. Adjust the jaw spacing by turning the pressure bolt.
CAUTIONFasten the safety chain. Do not fasten this chain to the brake line or wire harness.
After adjusting the adjusting bolt, make sure that the head of the adjusting bolt is in position to allow the jaw to pivot. See illustration.
Tighten the pressure bolt to 97.6 ft. lbs. (132.3 Nm).
NOTEIf the ball joint does not pop loose, strike the side of the knuckle with a hammer and the ball joint remover to dislodge the ball joint. Do not use air tools on the pressure bolt.
- Remove the ball joint removal tool.
- Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
Be sure to use new mounting bolts, as required.
NOTEFirst install all suspension components and lightly tighten the bolts and nuts, then raise the suspension to load it with the vehicles weight before fully tightening the nuts and bolts to specification.
NOTETorque the castle nut to specification, then tighten it only far enough to align the slot with the ball joint pin hole. Do not align the castle nut by loosening it.