Toyota Camry 1983-1996 Repair Guide

Lower Ball Joint

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INSPECTION



  1. Make the front wheels straight and jack up the front of the vehicle.
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  3. Place an 8 inch (203mm) wooden block under one front tire.
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  5. Slowly lower the jack until there is about half a load on the front coil spring.
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  7. Support the front of the vehicle with jackstands for safety.
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  9. Make sure that the front wheels are still straight and block them.
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  11. Move the lower suspension arm up and down and check that there is no vertical play in the joint.
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  13. If there is play in the joint, replace it.
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  15. Repeat the procedure for the other side.
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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figure 1



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Fig. Fig. 1: View of a common ball joint puller. This one is available from Toyota, part #09628-62011

1983-87 Models
  1. Remove the lower suspension arm as described in this Section.
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  3. Clamp the lower arm in a vise.
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  5. Remove the cotter pin and the nut.
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  7. On 1983-86 vehicles, temporarily install the nut to prevent the ball joint from falling out.
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  9. Using a ball joint puller such as SST 09628-62011 or equivalent, remove the ball joint from the lower arm.
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To install:
  1. Attach the ball joint into the lower arm.
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  3. Install the castellated nut and tighten to 67 ft. lbs. (91 Nm).
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  5. Install a new cotter pin.
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  7. Install the lower arm and tighten to specifications.
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1988-91 Models

See Figure 2

  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the wheels.
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  3. Remove the bolts attaching the ball joint to the steering knuckle.
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  5. Remove the stabilizer bar nut, retainer and cushion.
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Fig. Fig. 2: View of the ball joint and related components-1988-91 models