Ball Joint Replacement
How to Replace a Ball JointBall joints are used to connect lower suspension control arm to the steering knuckle on the spindle. When turning your vehicle, the suspension travels up and down and still needs to keep constant control of the wheels, the ball joint allows the control arm to keep solid contact with minimal friction. There are two types of ball joints, sealed units which do not require any lubrication and standard ball joints that require grease to be pumped into the zirk fitting. Over time, sealed ball joints require less maintenance and tend to last longer, while standard ball joints if lubricated regularly can last just as long. When replacing a ball joint it can be proactive to replace the complete lower control arm.Before you start park the car on level ground, in park with the emergency brake set. Wear protective clothing. gloves and eyewear.Tools and Supplies Needed to Complete this Job1. Hammer2. Sockets and Ratchet3. Channel Lock4. Press5. Floor Jack6. Jack Stands7. Shop Towels8. Replacement Ball Joint9. Breaker Bar
Instructions1. Lift and support vehicle using solid jack stands. 2. Remove wheel and inspect ball joint connection.3. Remove brake caliper and make sure to support it so it won’t hang from the brake line.4. Loosen and remove nut and ball joint stud bolt using a ball joint press.5. Use a pry ball to separate the ball stud from the knuckle.6. Inspect the tapered holes in the spindle for any wear or damage.
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