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gagedunlap16 07-12-2012 12:11 PM

ball joints
 
i need help removing and installing my ball joints upper and lower. whats the special tool required to remove and install the ball joint?

Pilgrim_Jeep 07-12-2012 12:21 PM

Quadratec has a tool for like $20.

Redrider94 07-12-2012 03:37 PM

A balljoint press rent it from auto zone. You will need a pickle fork also!!

gagedunlap16 07-12-2012 05:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Redrider94 (Post 2575729)
A balljoint press rent it from auto zone. You will need a pickle fork also!!

are they pretty simple to do?

RednekYJ 07-12-2012 05:56 PM

If you are mechanically inclined, yes. I would also do the Ujoints in the shafts while you have everything apart.

gagedunlap16 07-12-2012 06:01 PM

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Originally Posted by RednekYJ (Post 2576214)
If you are mechanically inclined, yes. I would also do the Ujoints in the shafts while you have everything apart.

im only 16. but have fixed just about everything to the jeep to get it running again. how difficult will it be considering im a diy type of guy?

RednekYJ 07-12-2012 06:43 PM

Since you won't be drinking beers and this is your first go at it I'll say, First side 2-2.5 hrs. Second side always goes faster. Do your self a favor and crack the 36mm hub nut before you even jack it up. It's on there, like 280ft lbs on there. You will need a breaker bar and a good pipe to put on the end for leverage. The hub bolts will also be a pain in the ass. 3 1/2" or 13mm TWELVE POINT!!!!. USE A 12 POINT SOCKET!!!!. When removing the knuckle don't be afraid to get a little crazy with a hammer and only hit it on the "shelf". If you hit it where the hub bolt goes you could and probably will mess up the knuckle.

Redrider94 07-12-2012 06:51 PM

Best thing to do is get a Haynes manual or one of the other repair manuals on the market for your year jeep, then read how to replace the ball joints. Read it several times, then take your manual out to your jeep and read it again and look at what you need to remove and where it is.

gagedunlap16 07-13-2012 09:23 AM

the haynes manuals dont tell you how to do them all it says it to take it to dealer. but since im only 16 i dont have the money to do so.

YJeeper95 07-13-2012 09:27 AM

Just go up to AutoZone, I work there they should tell you how and what you need. (if you don't get a dick head)

Zei10280 07-13-2012 09:42 AM

Please take photos and keep this thread alive. I'm going to do this for the first time in about a week.

gagedunlap16 07-13-2012 09:52 AM

i will be doing mine next weekend. will keep thread alive. anyone know if a pickle fork(tie rod seperater) is needed to make project easier?

RednekYJ 07-13-2012 10:06 AM

Yes it would help. Although it is not necessary, having the proper tools always makes things easier.

gagedunlap16 07-13-2012 10:26 AM

thanks for your help!

P0234 07-13-2012 12:19 PM

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Originally Posted by YJeeper95 (Post 2578363)
Just go up to AutoZone, I work there they should tell you how and what you need. (if you don't get a dick head)

You must have a good autozone. Mine would have trouble telling me how to install a Christmas tree air freshener.

RednekYJ 07-13-2012 12:32 PM

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Originally Posted by P0234 (Post 2578916)
You must have a good autozone. Mine would have trouble telling me how to install a Christmas tree air freshener.


x2. I usually end up pushing the guy to the side and taking over the computer. There are a few good guys there but they don't work every day.

gagedunlap16 07-13-2012 06:08 PM

ill ask guys that work at advance because they all pretty much know what they are doing except maybe two but ill get my parts from auto zone

Aleater 07-13-2012 06:22 PM

mine has one guy with a decent amount of knowledge, a hunch back old women, and a bunch of prissy girls that come out side to test your battery and have to study everything for a few minute before they figure it out, useless, thank god for the internet. DISCLAIMER- not all females are the same, these just don't know anything usefull about mechanics. :)

YJeeper95 07-29-2012 06:36 AM

Ha yeah along with me most of us went to school for mechanics, I defected and got a masters in welding


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