Ball Joint

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BRIANMELLANG
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  • 2002 DODGE CARAVAN
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  • 92,000 MILES
How do you replace the front ball joints?
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Friday, August 28th, 2009 AT 8:25 PM

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MERLIN2021
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With the weight of the vehicle resting on the road wheels, grasp the special fitting cap on the bottom of the ball joint and with no mechanical assistance or added force, attempt to rotate the grease fitting. If the ball joint is worn, the grease fitting will rotate easily. If movement is noted, replacement of the control arm is recommended. Check out the diagrams (Below). Please let us know if you need anything else to get the problem fixed.
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Friday, August 28th, 2009 AT 8:35 PM
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MARK S JACOBS DDS
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  • 2002 DODGE CARAVAN
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My family and I are taking a long trip this christmas and we will be covering about 3000 miles. I want an inspection of my car. What are the common problems in this vehicle that should be addresed or replaced.
One thing I noticed is that the car creeks going arround a corner. Should the ball joints be checked?

Thanks Merry Christmas and God Bless

Mark Jacobs
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Thursday, September 12th, 2019 AT 2:26 PM (Merged)
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BMRFIXIT
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Merry Christmas to you and your family

oil and filters should be checked and changed as needed
check it for tune up
if has v6 3.0 should check timing belt if had never been changed
check tires and adjust pressure
check front end and common to find stabilizer links and bushing need replacement
jack the front tires one at a time and check for movement left and right up and down
remove and check brakes
belts and fluids

good luck and have a safe and happy holidays
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Thursday, September 12th, 2019 AT 2:26 PM (Merged)
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2CARPROS-ARCHIVES
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  • 2000 DODGE CARAVAN
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How do you replace ball joint and control arm component?
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Thursday, September 12th, 2019 AT 2:26 PM (Merged)
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JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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This is an involved process. I recommend getting a good repair manual that has step by step instructions and pics to identify parts. For me to explaine this allows too much room for error.
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Thursday, September 12th, 2019 AT 2:26 PM (Merged)
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SHAWN73
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I have a 1999 dodge caravan, I need to replace both outer tire rods and the left inner tire rod also the ball joints. I need instruction on how to complete all these jobs and how long it will approximately take to do.
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Thursday, September 12th, 2019 AT 2:26 PM (Merged)
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CARADIODOC
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You'll need special tools for the inner tie rod end. The outers should be self explanatory once you look at the new ones. If you aren't familiar with all of the things professionals do to prevent damaging the new parts, it's probably better to leave it to them. With the van on a hoist, replacing all of those parts will take them about one to two hours. If you're crawling around on the ground, expect it to take the better part of an entire day.

Once these parts are replaced, the van will need an alignment. Most alignment mechanics will not trust anyone else's work so they will inspect the steering and suspension again before doing the alignment and putting their reputation on the line. If they recognize there's something you did that will reduce the life expectancy of any new part, someone will have to correct that. Part of the labor you pay for goes toward them replacing parts a second time if one is defective. If you install a part that fails, you get to do the work again.
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Thursday, September 12th, 2019 AT 2:26 PM (Merged)
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TFENN
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  • 1997 DODGE CARAVAN
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I just got a 97 caravan and it needs the ball joints replaced. I have never done this before and would like to know how to do it or where to find instructions.

Thanks
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Thursday, September 12th, 2019 AT 2:26 PM (Merged)
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FIXITMR
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Ever worked on cars before?
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Thursday, September 12th, 2019 AT 2:26 PM (Merged)
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TFENN
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Yes, I work on them quite often. I've done many things, but ball joints isn't one of them.
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Thursday, September 12th, 2019 AT 2:26 PM (Merged)
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WILLIAM TRAUB
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1995 Dodge Caravan

how do I remove and replace balljoints
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Thursday, September 12th, 2019 AT 2:26 PM (Merged)
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MERLIN2021
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Removal (Ball Joint) 1. Remove steering knuckle. See STEERING KNUCKLE under REMOVAL & INSTALLATION. Pry off dust seal. Position Receiving Cup (C-4699-2) to support lower control arm while receiving ball joint. 2. Install a 1 1/16" deep socket over stud and against joint upper housing. Press down against ball joint upper housing to remove ball joint assembly from control arm. Installation 1. Position new ball joint housing into control arm cavity. Position assembly in press using Installer (C-4699-1 ) to support control arm. Align and press assembly until ball joint housing ledge stops against control arm cavity down flange. 2. Support ball joint housing using receiving cup. Position new seal over stud and housing. Using a 1 1/2" socket, press seal onto joint housing until seal seats against control arm. To complete installation, reverse removal procedure. Tighten bolts to specification. See TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS NOTE: During any service procedures in which knuckle and drive shaft are separated, thoroughly clean seal and wear sleeve with solvent. Lubricate both components.


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Thursday, September 12th, 2019 AT 2:26 PM (Merged)
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MWSTAN
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Drive Train Axles Bearings problem
1992 Dodge Caravan 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic

how do I repair/replace the lower ball joint on the front drivers side?
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Thursday, September 12th, 2019 AT 2:26 PM (Merged)
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BLUELIGHTNIN6
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The lower front suspension ball joints operate with no free-play. The ball joint housing is pressed into the lower control arm with the joint stud retained in the steering knuckle with a (clamp) bolt.

INSPECTION

With the weight of the vehicle resting on the ground, grasp the ball joint grease fitting, and attempt to move it. If the ball joint is worn the grease fitting will move easily. If movement is noted, replacement of the ball joint is recommended.

REMOVAL:
Special Chrysler Tools C-4699-1 and C-4699-2, or their equivalents, are required to remove and install the ball joint form the lower control arm. If the tools are not on hand, remove the control arm and have an automotive machine shop press the ball joint out and in.
Remove the lower control arm. Pry off the seal from the ball joint.
Position a receiving cup, special tool C-4699-2, or its equivalent, to support the lower control arm.
Install a 11/8 in. Deep socket over the stud and against the joint upper housing.
Press the joint assembly from the arm.

INSTALLATION:
Position the ball joint housing into the control arm cavity.
Position the assembly in a press with special tool C-4699-1, or its equivalent, supporting the control arm.
Align the ball joint assembly, then press it until the housing ledge stops against the control arm cavity down flange.
To install a new seal, support the ball joint housing with tool C-4699-2 and place a new seal over the stud, against the housing.
With a 11/2 in. Socket, press the seal onto the joint housing with the seat against the control arm. Install control arm.

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Thursday, September 12th, 2019 AT 2:26 PM (Merged)
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WILFREDT
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On my 1994 dodge caravan, I replaced the ball joint and the vc on one side but the other side also needs to be done. Is it safe to drive, it does vibrate badly. What could happen if I continue to drive it?
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Thursday, September 12th, 2019 AT 2:26 PM (Merged)
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CARADIODOC
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A ball joint won't cause a vibration. An inner cv joint can cause a vibration in the steering wheel under acceleration but it will go away when you're cruising at a steady speed or coasting.

It's a judgment call on how much play is in the ball joint. If it gets bad enough for the ball and socket to separate, the bottom of the wheel will squirt out and you'll lose control. That doesn't happen very often. Replace it as soon as possible.
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Thursday, September 12th, 2019 AT 2:26 PM (Merged)
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JANINE BROWN
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How to check ball joint play on my 1998 dodge caravan
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Thursday, September 12th, 2019 AT 2:26 PM (Merged)
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DOCFIXIT
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Lower jack up as close to joint as possible couple inches off. Plase large bar, pipe, 2x4 under tire pull up quickly there should be NO movement in joint
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Thursday, September 12th, 2019 AT 2:26 PM (Merged)
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CARADIODOC
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Let's modify that a little. That works on cars with the spring pushing down on the lower control arm, but in this case, supporting it under the control arm will squeeze the joint tightly together because the spring is pushing down on the spindle. Instead, support the van with jack stands under the cross member or frame. If there is a grease fitting in the lower ball joint, try to wiggle it. If it moves, there is excessive wear in the joint. This is only accurate when there's no weight on the tire. I think the wear-indicator grease fittings went away with the '95 models but check for that anyhow.

Next, you can also grab the tire on the front and back and try to turn it left and right, gently. Have the steering column unlocked. If you feel a little knocking, have a helper do that while you watch underneath to see if the play is in the inner or outer tie rod end. If both are solid and there's no clunking, do that again but much harder. When you tug really hard each way, you're using the tire as a lever to push and pull against the steering linkage. Sideways play in the ball joint will show up this way. You'll see the bottom of the tire move in and out too as well as feel it.

The last thing is to use a pry bar to try to move the control arm up and down. Do that right next to the ball joint. If you see movement between the ball and socket, replace the ball joint.

Excuse me for sticking my nose in here.
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