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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Jan 8th, 12, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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New ball joints

I forgot to mention in my last post, my factory A-arms has newer ball joints in it. How do I tell if they are bad. When I had the tire on, before I tore it apart, I took holf of the top of the tire and the bottom of the tire tire and could not wiggle it. The uppers look easy as they are bolted in, but is the bottom pressed in. Might be easy time to do it as I want to clean up the A-arms. Also on the upper A-arms, I unbolted the two nuts that go towards the motor that the shims are on. How do I get the long rod off where the A-arm bushing go. Do I just unscrew the end bolts, if so is it all pressed together. Never done this before so I have questions. Thanks, Jerod
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Jan 8th, 12, 08:24 PM
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Re: New ball joints

If your upper ball joints are bolted in, they have been replaced since they were riveted from the factory. If you are going to take it all apart for cleaning, the frst step is to loosen (don't remove) the castle nuts that are on the ball joints until there is about half the castle nut engaged on the threads of the ball joints. Smack the top and bottom of the spindle knuckle with a BFH until the top and bottom ball joints break free from the spindle. They will pop apart with alot of energy, so be ready for that. Once the top and bottom are popped loose, remove the shock and get a spring compressor on the spring and get the pressure off of it. After that you can remove the castle nuts and take the spindle off. After that, remove the long bolts through the bushings in the lower control arm, and take it off. In the upper control arm, remove the two nuts that you talked about that face the engine and remove the upper control arm. To get the bushings out, you've have to remove the 2 bolts that have the large formed washer on them that go into either end of the rod that goes through the bushings. These will need pressed out, so pay attention to how that goes because you will have to have the rod in the control arm as you press the new bushings in. It's not a terrible job, but be careful of the spring. There's alot of force stored in that spring.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Jan 8th, 12, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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Re: New ball joints

Thanks, I had the spindle and top and bottom A-arms off already, my spring was broken so there was not a lot of pressure. I has the spring compressor tool, but used a jack under the lower A-arm and that seemed to work better. How do I get the lower ball joiunt of of the A-arm, I need to sandblast them before I coat the A-arms, and want the ball joints out so I do not ruin them. Is the bottom one pressed in, and as for the top one, can I just unbolt it and take it out. They look new, but cannot tell except for that I felt no wiggle in the tire, but it is also all apart. Thanks, Jerod
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Jan 9th, 12, 12:14 AM
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Re: New ball joints

Just unbolt and remove the top ball joint. You'll have to press the lower one out and back in.

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