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

Upper 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. Raise vehicle and support the axle.
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  5. Remove the tire and wheel.
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  7. Remove the upper ball joint retaining nut.
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  9. Separate the upper ball joint from the knuckle using separator tool 9360.
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  11. Remove the wheel speed sensor wire from the knuckle heavy duty models, and from the upper control arm light duty models.
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  13. Move the knuckle out of the way to allow ball joint removal tool access.
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  15. Remove the ball joint boot for removal.
    NOTE
    It may be necessary to install a block of wood between the control arm and frame bracket to allow clearance for the ball joint press tool.

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  17. Press the ball joint (4) from the upper control arm (3) using special tools C-4212-F (PRESS) (1), 9770-1 (Receiver) (2) and 9770-2 (Driver) (5).

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    Fig. Upper ball joint removal with special tools

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  19. Install the upper ball joint with special tools.
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  21. Install the upper ball joint into the knuckle.
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  23. Install the upper ball joint retaining nut and tighten to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm) (on 1500 series only an additional 90 degree turn is required) or 50 ft. lbs. (68 Nm). Heavy duty models.
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  25. Install the wheel speed sensor wire to the knuckle heavy duty models, and to the upper control arm light duty models.
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  27. Install the tire and wheel.
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  29. Remove the supports and lower the vehicle.
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  31. Perform a wheel alignment.
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Link/Coil Front 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.
  6.  
  7. Position special tool 6761 (RECEIVER) (2) and 8445-3 (DRIVER) (4) with C-4212-F (PRESS)(1) as shown to remove upper ball stud.

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    Fig. Upper ball joint removal with special tools

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To install:

  1. Position special tool 8445-2 (DRIVER) (2) and 8975-5 (RECEIVER) (5) with C-42121-F (PRESS)(1) as shown to install upper ball stud (3).

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    Fig. Upper ball joint Installation with special tools

  2.  
  3. Install the axle shaft into the axle.
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  5. Install the steering knuckle.
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