Individual ball joints can be replaced only in Van models. On Cressida models, the entire control arm must be replaced.
- Raise the lower control arm and check for excess play.
- If the ball joints are within specifications and a looseness problem still exists, check the other suspension parts (wheel bearings, tie rods and etc.).
- The bottom of the tire should not move more than 5mm (0.200 in.) when the tire is pushed and pulled inward and outward. The tire should not move more than 2.3mm (0.090 in.) up and down.
- The upper ball joint should be replaced if a distinct looseness is felt when turning the ball joint stud with the steering knuckle removed.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
- Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
- Support the lower control arm with a floor jack.
- Remove the brake caliper and support it out of the way, with a wire.
- Using a ball joint removal tool, separate the tie rod end from the knuckle arm.
- Using a ball joint removal tool, separate the upper ball joint from the steering knuckle.
- Remove the ball joint-to-control arm mounting bolts and separate the joint from the arm.
- To install, reverse the removal procedures. Tighten the ball joint-to-upper control arm bolts 22 ft. lbs. (2WD Van), the upper ball joint to steering knuckle nut to 58 ft. lbs. (2WD Van) or 83 ft. lbs. (4WD Van).
Be sure to grease the ball joints before moving the vehicle.