Toyota Celica 1986-1993 Repair Guide

Lower Ball Joint

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INSPECTION





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Fig. Fig. 1 Raising vehicle to check ball jointsCelica



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Fig. Fig. 2 Checking lower ball joints for no vertical playCelica

  1. Make the front wheels straight and jack up the front of the vehicle.
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  3. Place an 7.09-7.87 in. (180-200mm) 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 strut 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



  1. Remove the steering knuckle with axle hub and mount assembly in a vise.
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Fig. Fig. 3 Disconnecting lower ball joint from lower control armCelica



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Fig. Fig. 4 Disconnecting lower ball joint from steering knuckleCelica

  1. Remove the dust deflector.
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  3. Remove the cotter pin and nut. Using a puller, remove the lower ball joint.
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To install:

  1. Install the lower ball joint and temporarily tighten with the old nut to 14 ft. lbs. (20 Nm). Remove the old nut and tighten a new nut to final specifications.
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  3. Install a new cotter pin.
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  5. Install dust deflector. Install steering knuckle with axle hub.
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