Toyota Corolla 1988-1997 Repair Guide

Lower Ball Joint

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INSPECTION



See Figures 1 and 2

  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 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



  1. Remove the front wheel from the side of lower control arm removal.
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  3. On models with a stabilizer bar, disconnect the link from the lower control arm.
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  5. Remove the steering knuckle with axle hub and mount in a vise-refer to the necessary service procedures.
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Fig. Fig. 1: With the knuckle secured in a vise, remove the nut from the ball joint



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Fig. Fig. 2: Separate the ball joint from the knuckle using a puller

  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 tighten the nut to 87 ft. lbs. (118 Nm).
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  3. Install a NEW cotter pin.
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  5. Replace the dust deflector using seal installer and hammer. carefully tap the deflector into position. Install steering knuckle with axle hub.
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