Mechanics

BALL JOINT

2004 Cadillac CTS

Drive Train Axles Bearings problem
2004 Cadillac CTS 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 75000 miles

how hard is it to replace my lower ball joint on passaenger side and the tie rod?Why is this happening in a 2004. Plase help
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Ron lees
May 27, 2009.



I only have factory procedures, it shows lower control arm as ball joint service. Aftermarket parts may be available, I would not have a procedure. The outer tie rod is as follows: Steering Linkage Outer Tie Rod Replacement
Tools Required
J 24319-B Steering Linkage and Tie Rod Puller

Removal Procedure
Raise and support the vehicle. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the Vehicle in General Information.
Remove the tire and wheel. Refer to Tire and Wheel Removal and Installation in Tires and Wheels.

And the inner tie rod: Tie Rod Replacement - Inner - On Vehicle
Removal Procedure
Raise and support vehicle. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the Vehicle in General Information.
Remove the front tire and wheel. Refer to Tire and Wheel Removal and Installation in Tires and Wheels.
Remove outer tie rods. Refer to Rack and Pinion Outer Tie Rod End Replacement.

Remove the rack and pinion boot. Refer to Steering Gear Boot Replacement - On Vehicle.
Notice: The pipe wrench must be placed at the valve end of the steering gear and positioned up against the inner tie rod housing. Placing the pipe wrench in any other location will cause damage to the steering gear.

Place a pipe wrench on the rack (5) next to the inner tie rod housing (6).
Place a wrench on the flats of the inner tie rod housing (6).
Rotate the inner tie rod housing (6) counterclockwise, while holding the rack stationary, until the inner tie rod separates from the rack (5).
Assembly Procedure

Factoryjack
May 27, 2009.