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CHEVY REPLACEMENT OF BALL JOINT

1996 Chevrolet Cavalier

Suspension problem
1996 Chevy Cavalier 4 cyl Four Wheel Drive Automatic 119000 miles

How do I replace left ball joint? Thanks
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Roramon
April 1, 2009.



BALL JOINT

Removal
1. Raise and support vehicle. Allow suspension to hang free. Remove wheel. Remove cotter pin and castle nut that secures ball joint stud to steering knuckle. Use Ball Joint Separator (J-38892 ) to separate ball joint stud from steering knuckle.
2. Drill out rivets securing ball joint to lower control arm, being careful not to puncture axle shaft boot. Disconnect stabilizer bar from lower control arm. Remove ball joint.

NOTE: If ball joint cannot be removed because axle shaft is in the way, remove axle shaft nut (hub nut). Using Front Hub Spindle Remover (J-28733 ), press end of axle shaft through hub until enough clearance exists to allow ball joint to be removed.

Installation
1. Install ball joint, ensuring bolts are facing upward. Tighten bolts.
Engage ball joint stud into steering knuckle.

2. Install castle nut and new cotter pin.
3. To complete installation, reverse removal procedure. Check wheel alignment.

BMRFIXIT
Apr 1, 2009.