See Figure 1
- Remove the ball joint from the lower control arm and place it into a vise.
- Flip the ball joint stud back and forth 5 times before installing the nut.
- 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).
- If the ball joint fails the testing, replace it.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 2, 3, 4 and 5
- Raise and support the vehicle.
- Remove the ball joint bolts connecting it to the steering knuckle.
- Remove the cotter pin.
- Loosen but do not remove the nut.
- Using a puller, separate the ball joint from the control arm.
- 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).
- Attach the ball joint end of the lower control arm to the steering knuckle, tighten the bolts to 94 ft. lbs. (127 Nm).
- Lower the vehicle and have the front end alignment checked.