Toyota 4Runner 2001-06

Lower Ball Joints

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Removal & Installation



  1. Remove the front wheel.
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  3. Support the lower control arm with a suitable jack.
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  5. Loosen the bolts attaching the lower ball joint. Do NOT remove them. Remove the cotter pin and nut from the tie rod end. Throw out the old cotter pin. With special tool 09610-20012 (or equivalent), disconnect the tie rod end from the steering knuckle.
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  7. Remove the cotter pin and nut from the lower ball joint. Discard the cotter pin.
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  9. With a ball joint remover, such as tool 09628-62011 (or equivalent), separate the ball joint from the lower control arm.
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  11. Remove the four mounting bolts. When lifting the upper control arm and steering knuckle, remove the ball joint. After the ball joint is removed, support the upper control arm and knuckle securely.
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To install:

  1. Install the ball joint with the mounting nut and bolts.
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  3. Tighten the nut to 105 ft. lbs. (142 Nm). Install a new cotter pin in the hole.
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  5. Attach the tie rod end tightening the nut to 67 ft. lbs. (91 Nm). Install a new cotter pin.
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  7. Tighten the lower ball joint set bolts to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
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  9. Remove the jack slowly, making sure everything is secure and in place.
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  11. Install the wheel, lower the vehicle and tighten the lug nuts.
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  13. Check the ABS speed sensor signal.
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  15. Have the alignment checked at a reputable repair facility.
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The lower ball joint is not replaceable. If defective, the lower control arm must be replaced.

 
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