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    Chrysler Full-Size Trucks 1989-1996 Repair Guide

    Lower Ball Joint

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    INSPECTION



    To inspect the lower ball joints, unload the suspension. Lower ball joints on 2WD vehicles should be replaced if the have more than 0.020 in. (0.5mm) play. Any ball joint on 4WD vehicles should be replaced if any play exists.

    REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



    Except Dakota
    2WD MODELS

    See Figures 1, 2 and 3

    1. Raise and safely support the vehicle on jackstands.
    2.  
    3. Remove the shock absorber.
    4.  
    5. Remove the strut bar and disconnect the sway bar from the lower control arm, if equipped.
    6.  
    7. Install spring compressor tool DD-1278, or equivalent to the coil spring and tighten the nut finger-tight, then back off half a turn.
    8.  



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    Fig. Fig. 1: Remove the lower ball joint with a breaker tool like the one shown



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    Fig. Fig. 2: Use the special tool shown, or equivalent to remove the lower ball joint



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    Fig. Fig. 3: To install the lower ball joint, use the special tool to press it into place

    1. Remove the cotter pin and lower ball joint nut.
    2.  
    3. Release the lower ball joint taper using ball stud loosening tool C-3564-A, or equivalent.
    4.  
    5. Remove the tool and remove the ball stud from the control arm. Release the compressor tool from the coil spring.
    6.  
    7. Pull the arm down and remove the spring with the rubber isolation pad from the vehicle. Remove the ball joint boot. Use tool C-4212, or an appropriate ball joint press to remove the ball joint from the arm.
    8.  

    To install:
    1. Use the remover tool to press the ball joint into the arm. Install a new rubber boot. Install the spring with the rubber isolators. Install the compressor tool and compress it enough so the lower ball joint can be inserted through the knuckle.
    2.  
    3. Tighten 11 / 16 lower ball joint nuts to 135 ft. lbs. (183 Nm). Tighten 3 / 4 nuts to 175 ft. lbs. (237 Nm). Install a new cotter pin. Remove the spring compressor.
    4.  
    5. Install the strut bar and connect the sway bar from the lower control arm, if equipped.
    6.  
    7. Install the shock absorber.
    8.  

    4WD MODELS
    1. Raise and safely support the vehicle on jackstands.
    2.  
    3. Remove the front axle shaft.
    4.  
    5. Disconnect the tie rod end from the steering knuckle. On the left side, disconnect the drag link ball stud from the steering knuckle.
    6.  
    7. On the left side, remove the nuts and washers from the steering knuckle arm and remove the arm and spring, if equipped, from the knuckle.
    8.  
    9. If equipped with a Model 44 front axle, remove the ball joint nuts and discard the lower nut. Use a brass drift and hammer to separate the steering knuckle from the axle tube yoke.
    10.  
    11. Remove the snapring from the ball joint. Install the knuckle in a vise and use tools D-150-1, D-150-3 and C-4212-L to remove the ball joint from the knuckle.
    12.  
    13. If equipped with a Dana 60 front axle, use tools C-4212-L, C-4366-1 and C-4366-2 to remove the lower ball joint.
    14.  

    To install:
    1. If equipped with a Model 44 front axle, use tools C-4212-L and C-4288 to force the lower ball joint into the steering knuckle. Install the snapring and install a new rubber boot. Position the knuckle on the axle tube yoke and install a new lower ball stud nut. Tighten to 80 ft. lbs. (108 Nm). Install the upper ball stud nut and tighten to 100 ft. lbs. (136 Nm), then install a new cotter pin.
    2.  
    3. If equipped with a Model 60 front axle, use tools C-4212-L, C-4366-3 and C-4366-4 to install the seal and lower bearing cup into the axle tube yoke lower bore. Reposition the tools and install the lower bearing and seal into the bore. Position the knuckle over the socket pin. Fill the lower socket cavity with grease. Install the lower cap and tighten the bolts to 80 ft. lbs. (108 Nm).
    4.  
    5. On the left side, install the spring, if equipped and the steering knuckle arm to the steering knuckle.
    6.  
    7. Connect the tie rod to the end of the steering knuckle. On the left side, connect the drag link ball stud to the steering knuckle.
    8.  
    9. Install the front axle shaft and all related components.
    10.  

    Dakota

    2WD MODELS
    1. Raise and safely support the vehicle on jackstands.
    2.  
    3. Remove the shock absorber.
    4.  
    5. Disconnect the sway bar from the lower control arm, if equipped.
    6.  
    7. Install spring compressor tool DD-1278, or equivalent to the coil spring and tighten the nut finger-tight, then back off half a turn.
    8.  
    9. Remove the cotter pin and lower ball joint nut.
    10.  
    11. Release the lower ball joint taper using ball stud loosening tool C-3564-A, or equivalent.
    12.  
    13. Remove the tool and remove the ball stud from the control arm. Release the compressor tool from the coil spring.
    14.  
    15. Pull the arm down and remove the spring with the rubber isolation pad from the vehicle. Remove the ball joint boot. Use tool C-4212, or an appropriate ball joint press to remove the ball joint from the arm.
    16.  

    To install:
    1. Use the remover tool to press the ball joint into the arm. Install a new rubber boot. Install the spring with the rubber isolators. Install the compressor tool and compress it enough so the lower ball joint can be inserted through the knuckle.
    2.  
    3. Tighten the lower ball joint nut to 135 ft. lbs. (183 Nm). Install a new cotter pin. Remove the spring compressor.
    4.  
    5. Connect the sway bar to the lower control arm, if equipped.
    6.  
    7. Install the shock absorber.
    8.  

    4WD MODELS
    1. Raise and safely support the vehicle on jackstands.
    2.  
    3. Remove the CV driveshaft.
    4.  
    5. Remove the torsion bar.
    6.  
    7. Remove the shock absorber lower attaching bolt.
    8.  
    9. Disconnect the stabilizer bar from the lower control arm.
    10.  
    11. Remove the cotter pin and the nut from the lower ball stud. Separate the lower ball stud from the steering knuckle.
    12.  
    13. Pry the peened ball joint retainer sections upward from the lower control arm and remove the ball joint from the arm.
    14.  

    To install:
    1. Install the new ball joint in the control arm. Peen the ball joint housing retainer over to secure the ball joint.
    2.  
    3. Install the grease seal.
    4.  
    5. Insert the ball stud into the steering knuckle bore. Install the nut. Tighten to 120 ft. lbs. (163 Nm) and install a new cotter pin.
    6.  
    7. Attach the stabilizer bar to the control arm and install the shock mount bolt.
    8.  
    9. Install the torsion bar and turn the adjustment bolt clockwise to apply a load to the bar.
    10.  
    11. Install the CV driveshaft and all related parts.
    12.  
    13. Lower the vehicle.
    14.  
    15. Set the front suspension height so that the difference between the distance from the surface that the tires are on to the lower control arm inner pivot and the distance that the tires are on to the outer end of the arm is 1-1 1 / 2 in. (25-38mm).
    16.  
    17. Have the alignment checked at a reputable repair facility.
    18.  

     
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