Ram 1500, 2500, 3500, 2WD and 4WD, 2001-2005

Lower Ball Joints

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Removal & Installation



  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  3. Remove the front wheel and tire assembly.
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  5. Separate the outer tie rod end from the knuckle.
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  7. Remove the disc brake caliper and rotor.
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  9. Support the lower control arm.
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  11. Remove cotter pins and nuts from ball joints.
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  13. Position Ball Joint Remover C-3564-A and rotate threaded portion of tool to apply force to the lower ball joint.
    NOTE
    It may be necessary to also strike the knuckle with a hammer to separate the ball joints from the knuckle.

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  15. Remove ball joint seal. Use an appropriate ball joint remover/installer to press the ball joint from lower suspension arm bore.
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To install:

  1. Press new ball joint in lower suspension arm with an appropriate ball joint remover/installer.
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  3. Position new seal over ball joint and use a socket to force lip of seal until securely in place.
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  5. Position the steering knuckle on the lower ball joint.
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  7. Install retaining nut on the lower ball joint and tighten to:
    1. LD 11/16 bolt: 135 ft. lbs. (183 Nm)
    2.  
    3. HD 3/4 bolt: 175 ft. lbs. (237 Nm)
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  9. Install the outer tie rod end to the steering knuckle.
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  11. Install new cotter pins.
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  13. Install rotor and disc brake caliper.
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  15. Install wheel and tire assemble and lower the vehicle.
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  17. Check the wheel alignment.
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2-Wheel Drive


Front wheel
 
Shock absorber
 
Stabilizer bar link
 
Coil spring
 

  1. Press the ball joint out of the control arm.
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To install:

  1. Use the remover tool to press the ball joint into the arm.
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  3. Install or connect the following:

    Coil spring. Tighten 11 / 16 lower ball joint nuts to 135 ft. lbs. (183 Nm). Tighten 3 / 4 nuts to 175 ft. lbs. (237 Nm).
     
    Stabilizer bar link
     
    Shock absorber
     
    Front wheel

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    Fig. Lower ball joint removal-2WD Ram Truck

    Lower ball joint removal-2WD Ram Truck

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    Fig. Lower ball joint installation-2WD Ram Truck

    Lower ball joint installation-2WD Ram Truck
     

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4-Wheel Drive
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front wheel
     
    Brake caliper and rotor
     
    Hub retainer
     
    Axle shaft
     
    Outer tie rod ends
     
    Upper and lower ball joint stud nuts
     

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  5. If equipped with a Model 44 front axle, use a brass drift and hammer to separate the steering knuckle from the axle tube yoke.
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  7. Remove the snapring from the ball joint. Install the knuckle in a vise and use tools D-150-1, D-150-3 and C-4212-L to remove the ball joint from the knuckle.
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  9. If equipped with a Dana 60 front axle, use tools C-4212-L, C-4366-1 and C-4366-2 (or equivalents) to remove the lower ball joint.
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To install:

  1. If equipped with a Model 44 front axle, use tools C-4212-L and C-4288 to force the lower ball joint into the steering knuckle. Install the snapring and install a new rubber boot. Position the knuckle on the axle tube yoke and install a new lower ball stud nut. Tighten to 80 ft. lbs. (108 Nm). Install the upper ball stud nut and tighten to 100 ft. lbs. (136 Nm).
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  3. If equipped with a Model 60 front axle, use tools C-4212-L, C-4366-3 and C-4366-4 to install the seal and lower bearing cup into the axle tube yoke lower bore. Reposition the tools and install the lower bearing and seal into the bore. Position the knuckle over the socket pin. Fill the lower socket cavity with grease. Install the lower cap and tighten the bolts to 80 ft. lbs. (108 Nm).
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  5. Install or connect the following:

    Outer tie rod ends
     
    Axle shaft
     
    Hub retainer
     
    Brake caliper and rotor
     
    Front wheel

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    Fig. Lower ball joint installation-4WD Ram Truck models

    Lower ball joint installation-4WD Ram Truck models
     

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Coil Spring Suspension
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front wheel
     
    Brake caliper and rotor
     
    Outer tie rod ends
     
    Steering knuckle
     
    Snapring from the ball joint (HD 2wd)
     

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  5. Use tools C-4212-F, 8698-2 and 8698-3 (or equivalents) to remove the lower ball joint.
    NOTE
    Use EP grease on the tool threads.

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To install:

  1. Use tools C-4212-F, 8698-1 and 8698-3 (or equivalents) to install the lower ball joint.
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  3. On 2wd HD models, install a new snapring; on all others, stake the ball joint flange in 4 evenly spaced places.
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  5. Install or connect the following:

    Knuckle. Torque the ball stud nut to 38 ft. lbs. (52 Nm) plus 90 degrees on all except 2wd HD; on 2wd HD, torque the nut to 100 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).
     
    Outer tie rod ends
     
    Axle shaft
     
    Hub retainer
     
    Brake caliper and rotor
     
    Front wheel
     

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Link/Coil Suspension
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Joint, using tool 6761 and 8445-3 with C-4212-F
     

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  5. To install, use driver 8445-2, receiver 8975-5 and tool C-4212-F.
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  7. Install the knuckle. Torque the ball stud nut to 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm), then torque it to 70 ft. lbs. (94 Nm) and install the pin.
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