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Alright, so I just failed my VA inspection for a bad driver's side ball joint and the place wants to charge me $220 to do it. I took a look at my Bently's, Hanyes, and Car and it dosen't seem impossible of an ammature mechanic such as myself to do. My question is, the instructions in the search archives and Bently say you need to pull out the drive shaft in order to get acess to the bearing housing and pull off the ball joint. When I was looking at it, it seemed like you could just get the ball joint off the housing by taking off the self locking nut, drop the control arm, slide the new one in, and pop it into the wheel bearing houising and tighten on the self locking nut. Is this way off base? Fantasy Mechanics? Or perfectly feasable?
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Re: Ball Joint removal/instillation (Neckromacr)

You're on the right track, the easiest way of replacing the balljoint is to remove the control arm from the car. There's no need to mess with the driveshaft, tie rod or of any of that stuff. This job is well within the capabilities of the average amateur mechanic.
 

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Re: Ball Joint removal/instillation (Neckromacr)

For the archives sake, here's how I did it, and it was pretty easy.
After you've got the front in the air, the rear wheels chocked, and the tires off...
1) Remove the bottom bolt holding the brake caliper to the wheel housing. Its going to get in the way of the bolt attached to the lock nut.
2) Take the sway bar off the control arm so the control arm can move down farther.
3) Using two wrenches, unscrew the bolt and nut on the top of the ball joint and slide out the bolt so the ball joint can slide out.
4) With a bit of pulling on the control arm and pushing up on the strut/wheel housing the ball joint should popout.
5) Unscrew the three bolts holding the ball joint to the control arm and pull out old ball joint. If you need extra room the wheel housing can swing forward a bit.
6) Slide new ball joint in and follow the steps in reverse. And don't forget the lock-tight.
TQ specs: Sway bar nut - 18 ft/lbs
Balljoint screws on control arm - 26 ft/lbs
Balljoint bolt and nut on wheel housing - 37 ft/lbs
Brake caliper bolt - 92 ft/lbs
Hope this helps people in the future conundrums as my own and don't forget to get it aligned afterwards.



Modified by Neckromacr at 9:50 PM 7-1-2003
 

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