Toyota Tundra 2001-06

Upper Ball Joints

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front wheel
     
    Steering knuckle with the axle hub
     
    Wire and boot
     
    Snapring
     
    Upper ball joint from the steering knuckle, using a deep socket wrench and tool 09050-40011
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    New upper ball joint to the steering knuckle, using a deep socket and tool 09309-37010
     
    New snapring
     

  2.  
  3. Using a torque wrench, inspect the upper ball joint rotation, as follows:
    1. Flip the ball joint back-and-forth 5 times.
    2.  
    3. Using a torque wrench, continuously turn the nut 1 turn in 2-4 seconds.
    4.  
    5. Take the reading on the 5th turn; it should be 6-39 inch lbs. (0.7-4.4 Nm). If not, replace the upper ball joint.
    6.  

  4.  
  5. Install or connect the following:

    New boot secured with a wire
     
    Ball joint-to-knuckle: 77 ft. lbs. (105 Nm)
     
    Front wheel. Torque the lug nuts to 81 ft. lbs. (110 Nm).
     

  6.  
  7. Check and/or adjust the front wheel alignment.
  8.  

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
  4.  
  5. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
  6.  
  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Steering knuckle with the axle hub
     
    Wire and boot
     
    Snapring
     
    Upper ball joint from the steering knuckle, using a deep socket wrench and tool 09050-40011
     

  8.  

To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    New upper ball joint to the steering knuckle, using a deep socket and tool 09309-37010
     
    New snapring
     

  2.  
  3. Using a torque wrench, inspect the upper ball joint rotation, as follows:
    1. Flip the ball joint back-and-forth 5 times.
    2.  
    3. Using a torque wrench, continuously turn the nut 1 turn in 2-4 seconds.
    4.  
    5. Take the reading on the 5th turn; it should be 6-39 inch lbs. (0.7-4.4 Nm). If not, replace the upper ball joint.
    6.  

  4.  
  5. Install or connect the following:

    New boot secured with a wire
     
    Ball joint-to-knuckle
     
    Front wheel
     

  6.  
  7. Check and/or adjust the front wheel alignment.
  8.  

 
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