Toyota Pick-ups/Land Cruiser/4Runner 1989-1996

Upper Ball Joint

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Pick-Up and 4Runner
1989-95 MODELS
  1. Raise the vehicle and support it with jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the front wheel.
  4.  
  5. Support the lower control arm with a floor jack and remove the cotter pin and castellated nut from the knuckle.
  6.  
  7. Unbolt the upper ball joint from the upper control arm and remove the ball joint from the vehicle.
  8.  

To install:
  1. Install the upper ball joint and tighten the bolts to 23 ft. lbs. (31 Nm) for the Pick-Up, or 25 ft. lbs. (33 Nm) for the 4Runner.
  2.  
  3. Attach the lower ball joint and tighten the nut to 94 ft. lbs. (127 Nm).
  4.  
  5. Install the steering knuckle. Install the wheels and lower the truck.
  6.  
  7. Have the alignment checked at a reputable repair facility.
  8.  

Tacoma

See Figure 1

  1. Remove the front wheel.
  2.  
  3. Remove the steering knuckle with the axle hub.
  4.  



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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the upper ball joint and associated components-Tacoma shown

  1. Separate the upper ball joint as follows:
    1. Remove the wire and boot.
    2.  
    3. Using a snapring expander, remove the snapring.
    4.  
    5. With a ball joint remover and a deep socket, remove the upper ball joint.
    6.  

  2.  

To install:
  1. With the aid of the ball joint installer and a socket wrench, install the ball joint.
  2.  
  3. Using a snapring expander, install a new snapring.
  4.  
  5. Apply multi-purpose grease, then install a new boot. Fix it with a new wire.
  6.  
  7. Install the steering knuckle with the axle hub.
  8.  
  9. Install the front wheel, lower the vehicle and tighten the lug nuts.
  10.  
  11. Have the alignment checked at a reputable repair facility.
  12.  

 
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