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

  1. Remove the nut attaching the lower arm shaft to the lower arm.
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  3. Remove the lower suspension crossmember (2 bolts and 4 nuts).
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  5. Remove the lower control arm and lower arm shaft as an assembly.
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  7. Grip the lower arm assembly in a vise and remove the ball joint cotter pin and retaining nut. With a ball joint removal tool, pull the ball joint out of the control arm.
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To install:
  1. Position the ball joint in the lower arm and tighten the nut to 67 ft. lbs. (91 Nm) for 1988 or 90 ft. lbs. (123 Nm) for 1989-91. Install a new cotter pin.
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  3. Install the lower arm to the stabilizer bar and then install the lower arm shaft to the body. Install the lower arm nut and retainer. Screw on a new stabilizer bar end nut and retainer.
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  5. Connect the ball joint to the steering knuckle and tighten the bolts to 94 ft. lbs. (127 Nm) for 1988 or 83 ft. lbs. (113 Nm) for 1989-91. Align the holes for the ABS speed sensor in the dust deflector and steering knuckle.
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  7. Install the suspension lower crossmember. Tighten the inner bolts to 32 ft. lbs. (43 Nm) and the outer ones to 153 ft. lbs. (207 Nm).
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  9. Install the wheels and lower the vehicle. Bounce it several times to set the suspension.
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  11. Tighten the stabilizer bar end nut and the lower arm shaft-to-lower arm bolt to 156 ft. lbs. (212 Nm).
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  13. Check the ABS speed sensor signal and front wheel alignment.
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1992-96 Models

See Figure 3

  1. Raise the front of the vehicle and support it safely. Remove the front wheels.
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  3. Remove side fender apron seal.
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Fig. Fig. 3: View of the ball joint and related components-1992-96 models

  1. Remove the steering knuckle with the axle hub, from the vehicle. See appropriate procedure of this Section for aid in removing the knuckle.
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  3. Pry the dust deflector from the knuckle.
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  5. Remove the cotter pin and the nut from the ball joint stud. Discard the old cotter pin.
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  7. Using two armed puller tool, remove the lower ball joint from the steering knuckle.
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To install:
  1. Install the lower ball joint onto the steering knuckle and tighten nut to 94 ft. lbs. (127 Nm). Install new cotter pin.
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  3. Using the appropriate driver, install new dust deflector. Align the holes for the ABS speed sensor in the dust deflector and steering knuckle.
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  5. Install the steering knuckle with axle hub onto the vehicle.
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  7. Install the fender apron seal and the front wheels.
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  9. Check the ABS speed sensor signal and front wheel alignment.
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