Originally Posted by whiteyj
What the heck has been done to a five year old vehicle that would require changing upper or lower ball joints?
Driving/wheeling with oversize tires. Or perhaps a car accident.
I have not changed the balljoints on my jeep - but I have on others. It's a simple process, just involes a lot of grunting and cursing. Your complex toolset will consist of:
a) A really big friggin hammer
b) an even bigger friggin hammer.
Just pull out the knuckles, remove the retaining c-clips if present, and beat the snot out of them until they finally pop out. For driving the new ones in, clean out the races, and tap them back in place using a smaller bigger friggin hammer, and of course a brass driving rod.