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Old 07-06-2011, 08:04 PM   #1
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Ball Joint replacements

Has anyone ever done a DIY replacement on their ball joints? My right side ball joints are going out. I'm on a tight budget with this one and already purchased the ball joints. I was just wondering if it would be better to have someone else do it or try to do it myself. I dont have a press, mostly hand tools, elbow grease, and ALOT of choice words when I have to work on my jeep.

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Old 07-06-2011, 08:10 PM   #2
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Get the tool from one of your autoparts stores and you should be fine.

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Old 07-06-2011, 08:31 PM   #3
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Odd question....I am about to do mine and I was told that I need to pull my axles to do my ball joints. Is this true?
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What are the symptoms that would lead you to believe you need to replace the ball joints? Thanks!
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Old 07-06-2011, 09:02 PM   #6
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loose, clunking, alignment issues
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When I have my son turn the wheel, I can feel a clunking in the Tie Rod/Drag link. I also feel it while driving, drives me crazy trying to diagnose it. The steering wheel feels like a clicking when going over bumps or in turns. Feels like a loose joint. I've replaced my axle u-joints, heim joints in the sway bar discos and the lower steering shaft. Might my problem be ball joints? HELP!
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When I have my son turn the wheel, I can feel a clunking in the Tie Rod/Drag link. I also feel it while driving, drives me crazy trying to diagnose it. The steering wheel feels like a clicking when going over bumps or in turns. Feels like a loose joint. I've replaced my axle u-joints, heim joints in the sway bar discos and the lower steering shaft. Might my problem be ball joints? HELP!
I know what you mean about going around or through turns and hearing/feeling a clunk in the steering wheel. I figured it was some backlash in the gearbox. Mine has been doing it for 3 years and all of the other joints checkout fine.
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Old 07-06-2011, 09:41 PM   #10
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I know what you mean about going around or through turns and hearing/feeling a clunk in the steering wheel. I figured it was some backlash in the gearbox. Mine has been doing it for 3 years and all of the other joints checkout fine.
Same thing I've been told. I just know something is wrong but can't find it and it's driving me crazy! I was sure replacing the Heim joints in the sway bar discos would finally solve the problem but alas....
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I did all four myself. Found the OTC press on craigslist, bought the adapters online and followed Stu's write up.
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Jack up your front axle, grab each tire at 12:00 and 6:00 and wiggle it. Have someone else look and the upper and lower ball joints for play. If there is no play at the ball joints but you can wiggle the tire have your helper look at the rim or brake rotor relative to the steering knuckle. If that is where they see movement then a unit bearing is getting bad.
Next check while it is jacked up is to grab the tire at 9:00 and 3:00 and again wiggle the tire. Have your helper look at each steering linkage joint for play, also look at the steering box mount and pitmen arm/ sector shaft splines for play.
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Working on mine today. not too hard so far. couple bolts. need a 12 point half inch socket. you do have to pull the axles out, but they slide out easy cheesy.........
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Working on mine today. not too hard so far. couple bolts. need a 12 point half inch socket. you do have to pull the axles out, but they slide out easy cheesy.........
If you are talking about the 12 pt bolts for the unit bearing those should be a 13mm unless they have been replaced with some standard size.

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