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#1579272 - 10/08/08 04:18 PM Lower Ball-joint Replacement?
Logix7 Offline
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Tried searching on here as well google.

Can anybody offer any information as how to replace a Lower Ball Joint (92-97)?

Thanks
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#1579291 - 10/08/08 04:43 PM Re: Lower Ball-joint Replacement? [Re: Logix7]
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it needs to be pressed out, something that's better done in a shop. takes less than an hour. i did mine with a ball joint press tool and torches. or you can buy the whole lower control arm complete with a new ball joint AND bushings and fix it yourself in your driveway, whichever is easier for you.
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#1579417 - 10/08/08 07:11 PM Re: Lower Ball-joint Replacement? [Re: troyco]
Logix7 Offline
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Well I planned on renting/buying the balljoint press to do the job myself.

I'm looking for specifics as to how to go about doing it.
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#1579483 - 10/08/08 08:58 PM Re: Lower Ball-joint Replacement? [Re: Logix7]
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Jack stand under frame, jack under lower ball joint. Raise to unload the ball joint, undo from knuckle. SLOWLY, SLOWLY, SLOWLY lower the jack to unload the spring and remove. Undo control arm bolts, and press out the old one.


Edited by DeadHeadP71 (10/09/08 12:34 AM)
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#1580531 - 10/10/08 12:34 PM Re: Lower Ball-joint Replacement? [Re: DeadHeadP71]
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 Originally Posted By: DeadHeadP71
Jack stand under frame, jack under lower ball joint. Raise to unload the ball joint, undo from knuckle. SLOWLY, SLOWLY, SLOWLY lower the jack to unload the spring and remove. Undo control arm bolts, and press out the old one.


This will work but I wanted to add a few things.

You need to first remove the shock.
When you go to remove the LBJ from the knuckle loosen the nut but do not remove it completely. Leave about a half inch gap between the bottom of the nut and the knuckle. This will let you separate the BJ from the knuckle with a hammer but the nut will keep the control arm and spring from flying. After the BJ is seperated you can jack the control arm up, remove the nut completely and follow the above instructions.

Doing any spring work with a jack is very dangerous (I'm not saying don't do it, just be careful). The safest way to remove the spring is with an internal spring compressor.

I would also recommend running a chain through the spring and around the frame just as a precaution while you lower the jack.
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#1580594 - 10/10/08 02:21 PM Re: Lower Ball-joint Replacement? [Re: mblazakep]
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Or do like my buddy...Listen to me tell you its the Lower ball joint....DONT FIX IT...Let it drop the control arm unexpectedly.

That was actually very easy to fix for him.

Would you believe me if I told you it dropped in the parking spot in front of his Apt !

God favors the foolish.
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#1580609 - 10/10/08 02:52 PM Re: Lower Ball-joint Replacement? [Re: Rizzo]
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 Originally Posted By: 97CV
Would you believe me if I told you it dropped in the parking spot in front of his Apt !


Would you believe me if I told you that I had my Driver side lower break on me while going over train-tracks?

.scary.
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#1580611 - 10/10/08 02:56 PM Re: Lower Ball-joint Replacement? [Re: Logix7]
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#1580618 - 10/10/08 03:11 PM Re: Lower Ball-joint Replacement? [Re: Rizzo]
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This thread sounds like an episode of Get Smart.
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#1580665 - 10/10/08 04:56 PM Re: Lower Ball-joint Replacement? [Re: mblazakep]
DeadHeadP71 Offline
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 Originally Posted By: mblazakep
 Originally Posted By: DeadHeadP71
Jack stand under frame, jack under lower ball joint. Raise to unload the ball joint, undo from knuckle. SLOWLY, SLOWLY, SLOWLY lower the jack to unload the spring and remove. Undo control arm bolts, and press out the old one.


This will work but I wanted to add a few things.

You need to first remove the shock.
When you go to remove the LBJ from the knuckle loosen the nut but do not remove it completely. Leave about a half inch gap between the bottom of the nut and the knuckle. This will let you separate the BJ from the knuckle with a hammer but the nut will keep the control arm and spring from flying. After the BJ is seperated you can jack the control arm up, remove the nut completely and follow the above instructions.

Doing any spring work with a jack is very dangerous (I'm not saying don't do it, just be careful). The safest way to remove the spring is with an internal spring compressor.

I would also recommend running a chain through the spring and around the frame just as a precaution while you lower the jack.


Those "on car" spring compressors are not safe in my opinion. I have seen them 'bannana' backwards and let the spring go. Very scary. It would be safer to put a jack stand under the lower ball joint, then jack up the frame to release the spring tension slowly.
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#1582427 - 10/12/08 08:19 PM Re: Lower Ball-joint Replacement? [Re: DeadHeadP71]
logan126 Offline
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^^^agreed. Although when I replaced both on my car, I did not remove the spring. I used a bottle jack to raise then lower the control arm and used a ball joint press from Auto Zone to remove the BJ.
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