Volkswagen Air-Cooled 1970-1981 Repair Guide

Ball Joint

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION Upper Ball Joint



  1. Raise the vehicle and support it on jack stands, then remove the wheel.
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  3. Place a jack under the lower control arm as close to the steering knuckle as possible and jack up just enough to put a slight load on the coil spring.
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  5. Loosen the steering knuckle to ball joint nut but do not remove completely.
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  7. Free the ball joint from the steering knuckle using a ball joint removal tool, then remove the nut.
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  9. Remove the two upper ball joint-to-upper control arm bolts and remove the ball joint.
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  11. Reverse the procedure to install. Check wheel alignment.
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Lower Ball Joint

  1. Jack up the front of the vehicle and support it on stands, then remove the wheel.
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  3. Place a jack under the lower control arm as close to the steering knuckle as possible and put a slight load on the coil spring by raising the jack.
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  5. Disconnect the brake caliper hose from the caliper, and remove the brake caliper and rotor if they are in the way.
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  7. Loosen the upper ball joint-to-steering knuckle nut, but do not remove it. Free the upper ball joint from the steering knuckle and remove the nut.
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  9. Remove the lower ball joint-to-lower control arm nut and free the ball joint from the control arm using a ball joint removal tool. Remove the steering knuckle.
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  11. Press the ball joint off the steering knuckle.
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To install:
  1. Press a new ball joint in place on knuckle, observing any alignment marks on the ball joint and the knuckle.
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  3. Reverse the procedure to install. Bleed the brakes.
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