Ram Truck 1500, 2500 & 3500 (2006-2008)

Lower Ball Joints

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Removal & Installation



Independent Front Suspension
  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
     
    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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    Fig. Lower ball joint removal with tools shown

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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 2X4 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.
  2.  
  3. Remove the steering knuckle.
  4.  
  5. Remove the axle shaft from the axle.
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  7. Remove lower snap ring from the lower ball joint.
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  9. Remove the lower ball joint, using tool 6761 and 8445-3 with C-4212-F

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    Fig. Link/Coil suspension, lower ball joint removal with tools shown

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To install:

  1. To install, use driver 8445-2, receiver 8975-5 and tool C-4212-F.
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  3. Install the axle shaft into the axle.
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  5. Install the knuckle. Tighten the ball stud nut to 35 ft. lbs. (47 Nm), then tighten it to 70 ft. lbs. (94 Nm) and install the pin.
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