Mechanics

LOWER CONTROL ARM

1996 GMC Jimmy

Suspension problem
1996 GMC Jimmy 6 cyl Four Wheel Drive Automatic 116000 miles

how hard is it to replace lower control arm and ball joints?
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Mark neufarth
February 21, 2010.




LOWER CONTROL ARM Removal 1. Raise and support vehicle. Unload torsion bar tension. See Fig. 2 . Count exact number of tool turns for reassembly reference. Slide torsion bar forward to remove adjuster arm. Remove wheel and tire assembly. 2. Remove drive axle nut. Remove stabilizer bar from vehicle. See STABILIZER BAR . Remove shock absorber from vehicle. See SHOCK ABSORBERS . Separate lower ball joint from steering knuckle. See LOWER BALL JOINT . 3. Remove lower control arm pivot bolts, nuts and washers. Remove lower control arm from vehicle. See Fig. 1 . Replace bushings and/or bumper as necessary. Installation 1. To install, reverse removal procedure. Install front leg of lower control arm onto vehicle, then rear leg. Install lower control arm pivot bolts, washers and NEW nuts, with bolt heads facing rearward. 2. Tighten bolts and nuts to specification. See TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS . Lower vehicle. Check wheel alignment and adjust ride height. See WHEEL ALIGNMENT SPECIFICATIONS & PROCEDURES article in WHEEL ALIGNMENT section. Complete tightening of lower control arm pivot bolts and nuts with vehicle at proper riding height specification. CAUTION: When installing upper ball joint stud nut, tighten nut to align cotter pin hole. DO NOT tighten ball joint stud nut more than an additional 1/6 turn to align cotter pin hole. Complete tightening of upper ball joint stud nut with vehicle at proper riding height specification.2/21/2010 ...


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Factory ball joints need to be chseled or torched off due to the fact they are riveted on!

Merlin2021
Feb 21, 2010.


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