The lower front ball joint on one wheel has lost its rubber boot. The dang
thing still seems to be tight and I've been dosing it with lithium grease
every time it starts to squawk for over a year. These are amazing
I am gearing up to replace it (and its mate on the other side) and I was
wondering if there are some other parts in the suspension or steering that
are routinely replaced (that is, whether they need it or not) whenever you
go to the trouble of taking off the spring and so on to get at this ball
Also, I'm thinking that if the opposite wheel is raised somewhat even though
the frame is on jackstands, the anti-sway bar will hold up everything above
the lower ball joint of the wheel I'm working on.
Thanks very much in advance. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
I do have the tool. Frankly, I feel like I'm stepping into it anyway. :-)
Should any or all of the upper ball joints, upper/lower control arm
bushings, steering linkage ball joints, braking stabilizer ends, etc., be
replaced "automatically" whenever a lower ball joint is replaced?
No, just replace the bad parts you see. The upper ball joint is part of the
upper arm. The wear
point is the bushings up in the fenderwell. If the bushings have a big gap,
replace the upper arm.
Also look at the brake support joint. That is mounted horizontally in the rear
on each side. Follow
the tube going back from the lower control arm where it goes into a round thing.
The round thing is
the brake support joint. If the rubber is all torn, the joint is bad. The joint
keeps the wheel from
moving forward and back when you step on the brake.
If these are press in ball joints, get thee to someone with a hydraulic
press!!!! I've done them with a manual press. Two wrenches on the
press, cheater bars on the wrenches, my husband and I were on the
cheater bars, and both of us had our feet planted on the wall of our
garage. We got them in but we popped the welds on the manual press with
the last one. I don't want to even think of the amount of pressure we
had to use. <G>
But at least I knew they were not going to pop out easily!!
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