Toyota Previa 1991-1997 Repair Information

Lower Ball Joint

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INSPECTION



See Figure 1

  1. Remove the ball joint from the lower control arm and place it into a vise.
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  3. Flip the ball joint stud back and forth 5 times before installing the nut.
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  5. Using a torque wrench, turn the nut continuously one turn every 2-4 seconds and take the torque reading on the 5th turn. The turning torque should be 13-35 inch lbs. (2-4 Nm).
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Fig. Fig. 1: Using a torque gauge, turn the nut continuously one turn per 2-4 seconds

  1. If the ball joint fails the testing, replace it.
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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 2, 3, 4 and 5

  1. Raise and support the vehicle.
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  3. Remove the ball joint bolts connecting it to the steering knuckle.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the cotter pin from the lower part of the ball joint



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Fig. Fig. 3: Loosen but do not remove the lower nut

  1. Remove the cotter pin.
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  3. Loosen but do not remove the nut.
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  5. Using a puller, separate the ball joint from the control arm.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Place a ball joint remover between the lower control arm (2) and ball joint (1)



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Fig. Fig. 5: The ball joint will pop out of the lower control arm

To install:
  1. Insert the ball joint on the end of the lower control arm. Install a new cotter pin and tighten the nut to 76 ft. lbs. (103 Nm).
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  3. Attach the ball joint end of the lower control arm to the steering knuckle, tighten the bolts to 94 ft. lbs. (127 Nm).
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  5. Lower the vehicle and have the front end alignment checked.
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