Ball Joint Stuck In Steering Knuckle

I searched on the topic and discovered a thread on rebuilding the steering knuckle however I just need some advice as to if that is the problem. Extreme, perhaps, but I didn't want to come out of a hotel some dark morning to find a puddle under the car and no steering. Parking brake cable from the steering knuckle; Brake line from the wheel cylinder and support the knuckle; Lower shock absorber nut; Lower ball joint by holding the ball joint stud ; Upper ball joint; Coil spring while noting the location of the insulator; Steering knuckle cam; Steering knuckle; Snapring and press out the outer wheel bearing. Is this causing my steering wheel vibrations above 100kph and can I replace it myself or do I need a special tool. Remove the steering knuckle from the vehicle. Well, after 2 weeks of creaaaak free riding, it started yesterday again. Discussion Starter • #1 • 9 mo ago. Those splines hold the wheel bearing assembly together along with the axle nut that must be set to the specified torque, which is real high. While serious issues are often obvious, sometimes they aren’t - ball joints are one such case. 2005-20 Ford SD HD Single Piece Draglink-The factory draglink on the 2005-20 trucks is a known weak link in the steering system. 8) Using the same Ball Joint Remover/Installer Tool, press the new ball joint in. Ok, I started with the upper ball joints. I've managed to pry apart the upper ball joint, but the damn lower ball joint. Hi All, Details are in a previous post, but basically one of the tie rod ends on my 924S and the 'steering knuckle' had become the same piece of metal Pelican Parts Forums Torque for strut, ball joints etc (replacing steering knuckle) - Pelican Parts Forums. The steering kit has multi-way sleeves, which make it easy for you to take full control of your Jeep. jdurston Proven Member. The Ball Joint Doctor. Discussion Starter • #1 • Mar 17, 2013. Lateral link stuck. Loosen the lug nuts of the truck while it's still on the ground. Loosen and completely remove the ball joint nut. Shake the tire left to right. At The Wrench in Greeley, we also know that while there are certain issues with your car, truck, or SUV you can ignore for a while, some of them shouldn’t wait. Aircooled VW front suspension spindles / steering knuckle components. Tie rod ends are the small "ball joints" that attach the steering to the front knuckles. £157 £152 -. I was hesitant to pound on my 2002's aluminum steering knuckle as well, hence the use of a universal ball joint puller (Post #5). This could be sway bar links or the brake rotors and pads. Stick a pickle fork between the yoke and knuckle (C and B). Discuss it at Forum View Details. I don't have a low end impact gun either. Separating the ball joint from the steering knuckle was hard with only 1 pickling fork. Unless you are experienced in this type of job, let a professional handle this one. It was incredibly easy to steer the car, much more so than my D (5786) was. Slip the clip over the ball joint boot, and secure the ball joint boot snap ring into the groove of the ball joint. If the ball joint stud is stuck in the steering knuckle/spindle/hub (whatever you choose. When you reassemble the knuckle, DO NOT FORGET the alignment shim that seats in the upper ball-joint hole in the knuckle and through which the upper ball-joint stud passes. Remove the splash guard from the steering knuckle. I've used inexpensive pitman arm tool (from NAPA) and pickle forks to remove the ball joint from the control arm. Although the ball joints came out easy because the car was new, I was still able to use it on one side and appreciate the ingenuous design. On our vehicles, the ball joint acts much as it does in our body. If one of the two ball joints on either side of the truck goes out, you will experience abnormal tire wear and the truck may at times weave somewhat while you're driving. I believe I have read horror stories of ball joints with splines eating out the ball joint holes in the steering knuckle. Hope that helps. My drivers side ball joint seems to be fused to the strut housing. Basically, the pinch bolt sits in the recess on the ball joint shaft, to help locate it, but the shaft is moving and hitting the pinch bolt in the recess, thus wearing a flat spot on the bolt shaft, allowing the ball joint to escape the bottom of the steering knuckle. 11) Remove the control arm ball-joint from the steering knuckle. screw the nut on to the bolt. The sway bar links wear down faster than the other suspension components due to their tiny ball joints and should be replaced whenever cracks appear in the sleeves or any slack starts to be noticeable. Duralast Ball Joint 520-443. This could be sway bar links or the brake rotors and pads. 13pcs Control Arm Ball Joint Tie Rod End Sway Bar Pitman Idler Arm For Gmc Chevy Mitsubishi Shogun,pajero,montero Two clamp bolts lock the jaws on the Pitman arm, ensuring a solid grip The OTC 6497 works on 2005 and newer Ford F-250 and F-350 four-wheel drive super-duty trucks. Stuck Lower Ball Joint Stud Posted by jdurston, Dec 4, 2004. Ball joint separator tool? Hammer with the nut on the threads? TIA P. They are a spherical bearing in a socket — functioning similarly to the ball and socket design of a human hip — and serve as one of the main suspension pivot points connecting the control arms of the vehicle to the steering knuckles. If you look at the ball joint spindle in this picture, the very end is one diameter and then it widens before narrowing again to form the slot for the bolt that holds the ball joint in place on the steering knuckle. Do the same with the ball joint press to the lower ball joint; however, the lower ball joint will come out from the bottom. Any creative tips for getting it out? I use the same method to loosen tapered rod ends from steering knuckles. *ak: STEERING - LINKAGES: 10/05/2001: 1: 01/01/2099 : Gm won't reimburse ball joints due to replacement not by gm dealer. They showed us that if you stuck a long crowbar below the ball joint and tried to move it up and down, it moved an inch or so (too much, in their opinion). Worn ball joints, idler arms, and tie rod ends create play between your steering box and front wheels, and that can make keeping your car pointed in the right. Everything was rusty and corroded so I ended up upgrading to OME shocks/springs and replaced everything but the steering knuckle, hub and bearing. Hit the side at the tie rod stud. The ball joint must be installed with the flat edges or notches in the same position as the replaced ball joint. hondapartscheap. After I fixed that clunk went away. If the *arm* moves up but the wheel doesn't, you are unloading the play in the lower ball joint socket. Replacing the ball joints can bring smooth steering back to your old clunker. 13pcs Control Arm Ball Joint Tie Rod End Sway Bar Pitman Idler Arm For Gmc Chevy Mitsubishi Shogun,pajero,montero Two clamp bolts lock the jaws on the Pitman arm, ensuring a solid grip The OTC 6497 works on 2005 and newer Ford F-250 and F-350 four-wheel drive super-duty trucks. I've beat on it every which way, tried pickle forks, and even bought a ball joint removal tool (that won't fit) and it simply won't budge. Also, since it looks like I will need to remove the steering knuckle to get to the hub bolts, I will need those torque specs as well: Knuckle to strut bolts (2) Ball joint pinch bolt/nut (1) Tie rod nut (1) So I need these specs in addition to confirming the ones in my original post. the ball joint, knuckle and bearings. Removed the retaining nut, but the bolt is not budging and it has to come out. These sleeves are used to maintain proper tension on the knuckle ball joints. Re: lower ball joints STUCK Post by bluecab » Sat Jan 18, 2014 10:53 pm I finally got the ball joint out of the lower A arm by sawzalling the spindle off, removing the old spindle / hub and drilling out the side and top rivets and then using a die grinder to remove the rest of the rivet heads on the inside of the arm. The hole in the steering knuckle into which the ball joint stud goes is out of round. All Motorcraft Steering component designs undergo rigorous. Lower ball joint must be removed before any service can be performed on the upper ball joint. Cars with MacPherson struts typically have two lower ball joints (one on each side, while those with Short Long Arm (SLA) suspensions have four joints (one upper and one lower ball joint on each side). So now I have to get the lower ball joint off to replace the boot. FEBEST HBJB-CL7D. We installed new upper control arm and tightened the nut and found the stud spinning. Ball Joint Separator is used to separate ball joins from the steering knuckles. The lower ball joint is the pivot joint between the lower control arm and steering knuckle. knuckle suspension and ball joints were replaced. That thing was incredibly stuck in. Install the support washer with the flat side up. the steering arm is hooked to the tie rod end. Planning to have to have ball joints and bearings pressed in at a local shop. Should be the same for 92 to 00 Civics. Can I drive with a ball joint problem? A vehicle with a significantly worn ball joint should not be driven. The Green line represents the Center of the tire and wheel and where the bearings are loaded on the spindle. I'm trying to replace the CV axle on my wife's 2006 Chevy Malibu, and the project is frozen in its track by a seized bolt. This article about an automotive part or component is a stub. Some suspensions come with both upper and lower ball joints. Then remove any circlips (snap rings. Not suitable for. Now comes the tough part, separating the hub assembly from the knuckle. Had some help here diagnosing the ball joint from a creaking noise. Just need to remove the ball joint from the knuckle. so you don't have to kill that bolt when tightening it. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Lincoln LS based on all problems reported for the LS. Twist the tie rod end until it disconnects from the inner tie rod. It might have to be tapped out if it is stuck. I took the big nut off the ball joint and then the two retaining bolts and everything is stuck together tight! Any other car I've done this to has merely required a few wacks from a big hammer. After I fixed that clunk went away. Using metal cutting saw and 800 lb/ft impact gun I was able to remove the lower control arm ball joint that was extremely rusted and stuck hard. Lift and hold it up, and carfully get the rubber bumper out of the way. Remove the lower ball joint snap ring before beginning. Nut is off and I have been banging the crap out of it with a 5 lb. It seems to be frozen in place. Technical Steering Knuckle Ball Joint Removal. When I did upper ball joints I pulled the whole steering knuckle and took them into a parts place with a machining department and they pressed out the old and in the new. Just dropped the ball joint and was able to get pliers on the broken bolt then twist it out with fingers. The damaged part can put additional stress on the ball joints. Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by cDuck28Z, Nov 16, 2015. Loose ball joints can affect caster and kingpin inclination. Buy and sell almost anything on Gumtree classifieds. Re: Torn Ball Joint Boots check it out yourself. I was fortunate in that mine was only slightly rusted. The Ball joints attach at the inner location with the sub-frame and the outer location with the kingpin steering knuckle and these will not separate. Is this causing my steering wheel vibrations above 100kph and can I replace it myself or do I need a special tool. Removed the retaining nut, but the bolt is not budging and it has to come out. The sway bar links wear down faster than the other suspension components due to their tiny ball joints and should be replaced whenever cracks appear in the sleeves or any slack starts to be noticeable. sledge hammer. If the stud is pointing toward the other ball joint (lower stud pointing up, upper stud pointing down) you can jack it out of the knuckle with a Enerpac or bottle jack between the stud and other side of knuckle or other stud. If that isn't available, heat and penetrant along with a hammer or prybar will be your best bet. I'm in the process of trying to replace a leaking axle seal on my 2002 SVT. The abs sensor on the new one is bad so have to swap that over. If the knuckle is bent, could I just re-align it to offset the damage?. Remove cotter pin before loosening the castle nut. (keep it supported) f. Should be the same for 92 to 00 Civics. The passenger side lower ball joint just refuses to separate from the steering knuckle! Ive hammered with a pickle fork for hours now. Remove the splash guard from the steering knuckle. Hi everyone, happy new year from NZ. If this happens, place a jack under the ball joint and apply only enough pressure to remove nut. The tie rod in my car was pretty badly bent so at the recommendation of a couple of gurus I replaced the steering rack. If one or more have been dislodged, loosen the bolts on the ball joint assembly, pop the ball joint back into place and tighten the nuts until they're secure. Planning to have to have ball joints and bearings pressed in at a local shop. Please bear with me as my mechanical skills are extremely limited. Application Summary: Buick 1996-80, Chevrolet 1990-80, GMC 1994-83, Oldsmobile 1996-80, Pontiac 1991-80. This vehicle happens to be a 2003 Honda Accord. Specifically, the top bolt of the two bolts that hold the steering knuckle to the strut. Miniflexalex · Registered. I had to use a hammer/screwdriver to tap the thing in far enough to get the nut to start threading. edit: push down on the knuckle with a big pry bar to artificially load weight in the ball joint. 12/18/15 7:30PM. Loosen the upper ball joint nut and detach the ball joint from the steering knuckle. I used a heavy piece of steel with a hole that I stuck the stub of the ball joint through and put the nut on the ball joint, then bashed a hammer against the steel plate knocking the ball joint out. xtx steering knuckle problem & question Discussion in ' FX Nytro General Talk ' started by Blu2U2 , Feb 4, 2011. 3196 has aluminum LCAs that had Hervey ball joints in it. I was finally able to get it by hammering directly on the knuckle where the ball joint goes through it. The entire steering knuckle needs to be removed, press out the old boll joint, then press-in the new ball joint, and then assemble back the steering knuckle. You can clearly see the snap ring on the bottom ball joint. How To Remove A Steering Knuckle or Spindle Steering knuckle or steering spindle removal with basic hand tools. 4, Budbuilt skids, 265/75R16 Cooper ATP, uni-strut load bars, OME 2. Show Full Signature. A few whacks with a hammer and the joint will separate. Autozone rents theseif you don't want to buy one. If you look at the ball joint spindle in this picture, the very end is one diameter and then it widens before narrowing again to form the slot for the bolt that holds the ball joint in place on the steering knuckle. Listen for a knocking noise as well. Hopefully by this evening with a couple new MOOG ball joints she will be good as new I'll let you guys know how it works out. Install J9519-E and J34874 to the lower ball joint. The bottom photo shows how the puller separates the ball joint from the knuckle. screw the nut on to the bolt. ,yours is really on there too. Apply some grease inside the steering knuckle hole for the ball joint. 2003 X - Ball Joint Removal ('03-'05) I'm getting to the point where I'm fearing a steering knuckle replacement anyway and am considering not being so gentle with the application of a flat taper chisel in that split. Ball Joints lowers. He said it was the steering knuckle and it was in bad shape. A protective encasing prevents dirt from getting into the joint assembly. The wishbone, which accepts the spring, must be carried on a supporting joint (item 7) in order. When I bought it it only had 76,600 miles. Install the ball joint stud on the steering knuckle arm and tighten the castle nut using a wrench or ratchet and socket. If this is the first front brake job on your SUV and the rotors appear to be in excellent condition, you should be able to just replace the pads with great results. When this part fails, your vehicle's effectively stuck in the mud. Still have the original lowers on at 235,000. This bolt has a 15 mm head, and 18 mm nut. I'm trying to replace my ball joints (upper & lower) in my '94 GMC Sonoma 4x4, and ran into difficulty -- I can't separate it from the steering knuckle! I managed to get the rivets & castle-nut off, but can't get the stud out of the knuckle. Leave the nut around 1/2 inch down on the ball joint stud. The ball joint is a component of your suspension. They are a spherical bearing in a socket that serve as one of the main suspension pivot points connecting the control arms of the vehicle to the steering knuckles. Heat up the spindle where the ball joint goes through, then use your pickle fork. 2/3 of the way out of the hub before you separate the ball joint from the knuckle. A ball joint is part of the suspension system. The bolt was rounded off, but I was able to hammer a 1/2 socket onto it, but the bolt just spins and spins. Jack up the ailing wheel,take off the nut, tap the side of the knuckle while pushing up on the tie rod part and off it comes. driftscape May 30, 2020. If you can post a pic of the front and rear I can see if one is there - on my Dakota there was a nipple sticking out and you just smack it really hard and the ball joint pops loose. I am trying to remove a knuckle for replacing a ball joint. It is variously called a steering knuckle, spindle, upright or hub, as well. Duralast Ball Joint 520-443. It also comes with a big Punch to remove the Ball Joint. Separate the lower ball joint taper first, then the upper. Next, I used a piece of barto pry the upper torsion bar off of the rubber stopper. I got a pickle fork and a really big hammer and beat on it for about 30 min’s and still its stuck in there. Really didn't feel like breaking it because i don't have time at the moment (i wasn't as rough as i could have been) but i have a feeling that is the only way. After reading your post, think I'll take it to shop when it comes time for that. £157 £152 -. Remove the two 13mm bolts securing the ball joint to the steering knuckle. I can't think of any vehicle that has the knuckle bolted to the top of the wheel. When I did my ball joints, it just took a few raps from a 3lb sledge on the bottom of the knuckle and they popped free. If the lower stud is pointing down keep pounding. Tighten Tighten the bolts and nuts to 120 N·m (89 lb ft). Well, after 2 weeks of creaaaak free riding, it started yesterday again. if you can feel any play in any part of the shaft by hand) this should also be fixed. Is there a better way to do this??? Sen. If you don't have a good press, get one. Use the knob on the end to strike with hammer for stuck ball joints. I got a pickle fork and a really big hammer and beat on it for about 30 min's and still its stuck in there. Know that the pickle fork can damage the ball joint boots. Examine the mower to determine whether the ball joints are in place. How to Break Loose or Separate Stuborn Ball Joints Fixbook. I think the previous owner had the same problem. Ball joints are the joints that hold the steering knuckle to the control arm. I just did my ball joints last weekend. A ball joint is essentially a flexible ball and socket that allows the suspension to move and, at the same time, the wheels to steer. MOOG is the preferred steering and suspension brand of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs. that only tightens the knuckle around the base of the ball joint to secure it better. hit with hammer until control arm. How to Know if. The ST's control arms look like they are set up the same way. Loosen 18mm nut holding ball joint to steering knuckle; Pry between steering knuckle and ball joint, hit steering knuckle with hammer until separated; Remove 10mm bolt on top of control arm that secures the wiring harness; Support suspension with a jack; Remove 21mm nuts on each side of control arm that are on bolts going into frame. They are used on virtually every automobile made and work similarly to the ball-and-socket design of the human hip joint. No air hammer. this was a result of bad lower ball joints. - Even though i snapped the bolt off the ABS sensor hold down, the sensor is stuck in place. This occurrence should be addressed immediately. For now I'm just put that inner TR on watch list. Page 1 of 2 1 2 Next > 29andSingle, Nov 6, 2013 #1. Those splines hold the wheel bearing assembly together along with the axle nut that must be set to the specified torque, which is real high. If the knuckle is bent, could I just re-align it to offset the damage? The A. if its not sooper lose, make a mental note and pay attention to it. Got the new bolts in and good to go now! Now just to get a new tie rod since my boot is busted on it too. I also never use a pickle fork type remover for tie rod ends or ball joint studs in the knuckles. Both sides are blown Stuffed Steering - Nissan 240SX Forums. Separate steering nuckle from tie rod end, lower ball joint, and strut. 36mm axle nut socket, 1/2 inch breaker bar or an impact gun. Yes, the shaft of the ball joint rotates with the steering knuckle. The steering arm is sandwiched between the lower control arm and spindle. Well, you gotta pop the ball joints and tie rods off to install axles, and itsa easy to damage something since Honda ball joints and tie rod ends are such a PITA. driftscape Test Drive. WORN BALL JOINTS. Step 4: Ball joint removal. There is no way to get at the top of the ball joint (except through a tiny slit in the knuckle). Same goes for the tie rod end but keep the nut threaded a little bit so it doesn't go flying off. Is it the weight or the larger circumference? I get differing answers. The 76 knuckles with the ball joint arm have the ball joint on top with the arm going down and away on both ends, opposite from ours. Joined: Oct 28, 2014 Posts: 8. I have removed all of the bolts that connect the ball joint to the control arm. There should be no space between the ball joint and. 5 in) wide yellow paint stripe. Joined Jul 16, 2004. Two fit over the steering knuckle and ball joint and let you press the ball joint out; the third piece helps you press the new ball joint in. For the E38 Chassis car. Is there a better way to do this??? Sen. Use the drilling hammer and give the side of the control arm a few good firm whacks. It was incredibly easy to steer the car, much more so than my D (5786) was. As with many of these cars, it came with a box of spare parts which included 2 other ball joints. the top of the collar is bent over in two places, using a hammer and chisel bend these two areas back so they are straight, spray with some WD40 lower control arm ball joint removal. If a ball joint breaks, it will suddenly become very difficult to steer, and you may loose control of the vehicle. So I either bent my steering knuckle or the play in my ball joint is what is causing my alignment to be out. Remove and discard lower ball joint pinch bolt and nut. ► Show Full Signature Bikeless for the moment. 1994 4x4 Toyota Truck ball joints. The joint has a stud that goes through the steering knuckle and is fastened by a castle nut and cotter pin (center of photo). Over time, a car's ball joints may wear down. Hit hard enough to "egg shape" the hole in the knuckle where the ball joint stud went through. I bought this in hopes of utilizing it for possible stuck ball joints off of my 2015 STI, while installing Whiteline's Roll Center Kit. I have tried the ball joint remover/installer tool from Advanced Auto, Autozone, and now Oreilly's and I have failed to even make the ball joint budge at all. secure with the screw. place that whole assembly in between where the upper. Separate the lower ball joint taper first, then the upper. Loosen and completely remove the ball joint nut. I cannot get the control arm to separate from the steering knuckle on one of the lower ball joints. When this happens, your parts become a lot more fragile and effect the handling and steering of your ATV or UTV. Page 1 of 2 1 2 Next > 29andSingle, Nov 6, 2013 #1. Remove the two 13mm bolts securing the ball joint to the steering knuckle. Dana 60 axle. A - ball joint castle nut B - knuckle C - axle yoke Remove the nut (A) from the upper and lower. My drivers side ball joint seems to be fused to the strut housing. This could be sway bar links or the brake rotors and pads. 5) The other end of the lower control arm, loosen the nut and bolt that holds the body (9/16 - 12 point socket and a 21mm socket). I need a passenger side lower ball joint and a driver side upper ball joint. Leave the jack in place and don't be afraid of it. 3196 has aluminum LCAs that had Hervey ball joints in it. since I do not have a grinder or chisel I had read where you could drill through the old stamped in balljoint. Slip the clip over the ball joint boot, and secure the ball joint boot snap ring into the groove of the ball joint. Your next focus will be on removing the wheel bearing knuckle from the. Place a pry bar between the upper control arm and steering knuckle to exert pressure on the ball joint stud between the two, and while holding that pressure whack the steering knuckle with a BFH on it's side right where the ball joint goes through the knuckle. Attachment 146052 Attachment. And yes, new ball joints would have more resistance than worn ones. A CHP named (M. When removing the tie rod end I took measurements and counted the number of turns plus left the lock nut in place. When this happens, your parts become a lot more fragile and effect the handling and steering of your ATV or UTV. How To Remove A Steering Knuckle or Spindle Steering knuckle or steering spindle removal with basic hand tools. Possible Cause #1: Mismatched tires or uneven tire pressure. Beat on it and beat on it, it wont budge. Takes a 2-9/64 ball joint socket 20 bucks from auto zone. Ford Steering Knuckle. My first bump was I can't get the bolt out for the lower ball joint. For the E38 Chassis car. Driving the old ball joint out is no problem, part of the ball joint mounting flange extends past the wheel knuckle so there is a lip for a punch to drive out the ball joint. This vehicle happens to be a 2003 Honda Accord. Everything was rusty and corroded so I ended up upgrading to OME shocks/springs and replaced everything but the steering knuckle, hub and bearing. I just don't have the proper prying tool to do it easily (a ball joint seperator may do the trick). Step 1 - Lift truck and remove wheels. Duralast Ball Joint 520-443. Anyways, I finally got bastard to come free, but get this, It was so bound up that the knuckle came off around the joint leaving the joint stuck in the bore on the axle (I had removed the snap ring yesterday, that was blessing thought, because it allowed me a better angle with my wider jawed pickle fork and after beating the crap out of it with. The ball joint is able to compensate for movement in the suspension, connecting your car to the suspension system underneath. Tried a 2lb hammer, may need to hit it harder but the angle makes hard I ground off the lock nut, it was rusted on and was stripping , cut the top of ball joint hoping to get it out. If one or more have been dislodged, loosen the bolts on the ball joint assembly, pop the ball joint back into place and tighten the nuts until they're secure. brand new excellent oem quality ball joint assembly cylinder end used on mahindra 4500 / 5500 / 6000 / 6500 / 5530 2wd / 6030 2wd / 6530 2wd Compare $45. Remove the big nuts from the upper. Autozone rents theseif you don't want to buy one. The ball joints came right out with this tool! That was the first repair in a while where there were no surprises and no need to improvise. I noticed what appers to be a mixture of oil and grease on my driveway and if. If there is a snap ring on the ball joint, you will need to remove it before pressing out the ball joint. 2 would be better like in this video: I got it off using the tie rod puller. ( can't find front outer tie for ends locally ) 1985 GT and I can't get the ball joint down off the steering knuckle the pickle fork Just gets wedged in to the point that the Pickle fork got bent The ball joint does not come out down to the steering knuckle or up from the steering knuckle for the upper one and trying to. New bolts from the dealer for the caliper, steering knuckle, ball joint clamp, etc (these are the front wheels we're talkin' bout!) The Universal Ball Joint Kit (aka3-in-1 service kit) is from Harbor Freight. The first time I did lower joints on mine I could not get them to pop. I wedge the pry bar between the lower control arm and the bottom of the. Once you get that out, you'll need a ball joint press to remove the old ball joint and install the new one. Extreme, perhaps, but I didn't want to come out of a hotel some dark morning to find a puddle under the car and no steering. 2L, it only has 138,000 miles on it. Without a doubt the key is getting the side load off the ball joint by jacking up the lower A arm. In automotive suspension, a steering knuckle is that part which contains the wheel hub or spindle, and attaches to the suspension and steering components. Had some help here diagnosing the ball joint from a creaking noise. Can anyone with a repair manual help here? Many thanks. after pulling the axle, looked inside the tube and it is pretty cruddy. Tie rod, knuckle, strut, ball joint, all damaged. Position the steering knuckle onto the lower control arm ball stud, while guiding the axle through the knuckle. Remove the snap ring from the lower ball joint. The hard, 1-inch heavy duty steel tube provides a direct replacement for the stock tie rod and a lightweight drag link to maximize its stability. My 2004 f250 ball and u joint replacement job is at a bit of a stand still. ) The only thing I didn't do was the Ball joints. Installation is a reversal, with the splitter or persuasion. Step 4: Ball joint removal. In the step where you remove the bolt holding the lower transverse link ball joint (lower control arm ball joint) to the steering knuckle, the bolt head snapped on me. This is just. This vehicle happens to be a 2003 Honda Accord. The bottom ball joint is so far resisting all attempt to break the taper with same hammer. I have two new timken hubs ready to go anyways. 2015 at 12:16am: Along with the recent post from JeepSaffer, I too am having a problem with an old ball joint stuck in the right front steering knuckle. On a stock beetle spindle they face each other, on a Thing spindle they will both be facing down. Place the knuckle on the ball joint stud. I purchased a raised steering arm for lifted pickups from a buddy awhile and decided i might as well install that since I will be already workin on the front end. Separate the lower ball joint taper first, then the upper. Remove ball joint from steering knuckle by pulling it straight down. Install the steering knuckle assembly, brake rotor and brake caliper on the steering column, and torque them to proper specifications with the torque wrench. The ball joints allow the suspension of your vehicle to move up and down, while at the same time allow the wheels to turn left and right. You can widen the slot in the steering knuckle that the ball joint sits in and spray some lubricant in there, also there is a good chance you will need to use a ball joint separator or pickle fork to separate them. 1994 4x4 Toyota Truck ball joints. Tip I found after doing mine twice. For these tasks, you need a 3/4" ball joint separator. You may want to consider grabbing a used one from the junk yard. Once you get that out, you'll need a ball joint press to remove the old ball joint and install the new one. When the ball joint pops out of place, the steering suffers. With the bolt of the ball joint facing down, insert it into the hole of the knuckle. Also, since it looks like I will need to remove the steering knuckle to get to the hub bolts, I will need those torque specs as well: Knuckle to strut bolts (2) Ball joint pinch bolt/nut (1) Tie rod nut (1) So I need these specs in addition to confirming the ones in my original post. A total failure would mean the wheel folds up into the finder. I got a second look at my tie rods Theyre fine. i am trying to remove a UCA ball from the steering knuckle Tried PB blaster, tried heat ,was windy may not have gotten hot enough. If it doesn't release after 2 or 3 solid hits, it probably isn't going to. Small in size but hugely important, ball joints for Jeep Wrangler connect your SUV's steering knuckles with its control arms. Once you have those loose and the swaybar disconnected then it should be pretty straight forward. 38) on double wishbone suspensions, there are two ball joints that allow mobility in all directions, defined by full bump/rebound-travel of the wheels and the steering angle. The amount of grease inside the knuckle is a good indicator that the previous owner kept the axle joints well lubed. Also how would it effect the radar sensor. The left side damn near fell out. Loosen the ball joint from the wheel spindle with a pickle fork and hammer. You'll need to hit the steering knuckle where the ball joints passes through with the large hammer so that it will pop out. Forget about 'forks'. The ball joint and attached steering knuckle are now off of the car completely, and I'm working on getting the bolts I broke off out of it. Right) drove her home. yeah he's right, you can get it out unless the ball joint is frozen solid and needs replaced anyway. Short of that, decide whether you want to run shocks in the stock position or fab custom mounts; reinforce the stock welds on the beams, make positive travel stops, gusset the spindles, determine how much spring you need, start thinking about steering: are you going with stock boxes or convert to a rack?. Strike the side of the steering knuckle with a large hammer. The Pathfinder N-Trek ST+ and ST-L both have a 3. Easy fix: taper fit into the steering knuckle. This axle would have right side up ball joints, which would make it easy to tell with a glance at the knuckles even if you couldn't see the rest of the housing. Used my 4-lb cross pein sledge to free the stuck hubs from the knuckles, which took about 10-15 hard taps. Tore it down, brought the knuckle and axle shafts to an ex mechanic I know, because he has a 20 ton Harbor freight shop press. Step 8 - Pry steering knuckle from shock absorber. Wandering steering is when the vehicle steering drifts from left to right on its own. Now lift up lightly with bottle jack until the upper ball joint seats some, and tap it in fully, then put retaining bolt back in to hold the upper ball joint in place. The ball joint and attached steering knuckle are now off of the car completely, and I'm working on getting the bolts I broke off out of it. If you look at the ball joint spindle in this picture, the very end is one diameter and then it widens before narrowing again to form the slot for the bolt that holds the ball joint in place on the steering knuckle. 0 Mustang Tech: 9: Jan 4, 2015: C: Help, Need Engine Mount Nut Size: SN95 4. Ball joints can break suddenly. After torquing lower nuts as specified, it very difficult to move steering knuckle lock to lock, prior to doing this everything moves fine. I've managed to pry apart the upper ball joint, but the damn lower ball joint. xtx steering knuckle problem & question Discussion in ' FX Nytro General Talk ' started by Blu2U2 , Feb 4, 2011. If any of the joints or slip yokes are worn (i. 13pcs Control Arm Ball Joint Tie Rod End Sway Bar Pitman Idler Arm For Gmc Chevy Mitsubishi Shogun,pajero,montero Two clamp bolts lock the jaws on the Pitman arm, ensuring a solid grip The OTC 6497 works on 2005 and newer Ford F-250 and F-350 four-wheel drive super-duty trucks. you still have to separate the ball joint to get the control arm off so there you are stuck again. I have the kind of ball joint separator that works by tightening a bolt against a lever arm, but it's too small. With too little force there isn't enough friction and the tires begin to lock up. Step 4: Ball joint removal. Should be the same for 92 to 00 Civics. This vehicle happens to be a 2003 Honda Accord. I tried to fix it at Christmas, but busted the boots on the upper ball joints and tie rod joints with a fork. The ball joint has a vertical "pin" sticking out the top of it which is attached to the steering knuckle. Cost about $130 used. It is variously called a steering knuckle, spindle, upright or hub, as well. I have tried the ball joint remover/installer tool from Advanced Auto, Autozone, and now Oreilly's and I have failed to even make the ball joint budge at all. Worn sway bar links can make annoying sounds for you and your passengers. 2 Posted: 24 Aug. insert the pin between the control arm and the pinch joint and hammer away. BGS technic Germany Suspension Shock Absorber Spread Open Steering Knuckle Tool Set Austrade Quality! - for spreading open the shock absorber. Reference diagram to the RDX front suspension. It should pop the ball joint free from the knuckle. Usually they're stuck in the steering knuckle pretty good so loosen the castle nuts on upper and lower and bang on the thick part of the steering knuckle with a sledge where the balljoint attaches, and they pop free after some good hits. So I am bored, wife is out of town and there seems to be a Whiteline Roll Center Kit giving me the eye. If one of the two ball joints on either side of the truck goes out, you will experience abnormal tire wear and the truck may at times weave somewhat while you're driving. Features:. Joined Dec 3, 2012 · 376 Posts. bad control arms ball joint assembly,steering wonders to right,power steering pump replaced,steering shaft replaced waiting for new steering column,lower control arm and ball joint replaced under warranty,chrysler zone office knows they have a defect in the front end of the dakota and durango stated it was cheeper to replace parts. Installation is a reversal, with the splitter or persuasion. The ball joint must be installed with the flat edges or notches in the same position as the replaced ball joint. then you can lower the car or put a jack under the lower arm to keep it from launching down on ya when you take the upper ball joint nut all the way off and the 2 bolts. jpg (image). Disconnect tie rod ends & upper/lower ball joints from steering hub (with the pickle fork) Remove the steering knuckle Now we can get to the real fun of removing riveted-in ball joints. A critical component of the front suspension, ball joints consist of a ball and socket similar to the hip joint of the human body. I can't, but it doesn't look hard. Using metal cutting saw and 800 lb/ft impact gun I was able to remove the lower control arm ball joint that was extremely rusted and stuck hard. A ball joint is a big, round bearing pressed into a cup, essentially, which connects your control arm to the steering knuckle. As far as the 285/75 it is defiantly dependent on the rim and lift to run them. heres how we do it in the shop 1-remove wheel 2-remove calaper and rotor 3-remove axle nut (may want to do thay on the. The entire steering knuckle needs to be removed, press out the old boll joint, then press-in the new ball joint, and then assemble back the steering knuckle. Should make the steering radius tighter (unless the tire hits the frame rail or the TC rod before full lock). If one or more have been dislodged, loosen the bolts on the ball joint assembly, pop the ball joint back into place and tighten the nuts until they're secure. Seat steering knuckle first onto halfshaft a little, then onto lower ball joint & put on it's nut to hold the unit. Just take your hand and push on the ujoint/axle shafts by the steering knuckle, it SHOULD be completely stiff and not move, a little flex is alright I guess I'm not a mechanic, but mine was moving a whole inch. So I'm back at it today and still can't get the fucker off. Jan 25, 2019 · Ive replaced cv joints, the rear end, all ball joints in front and both back wheel bearings. Possible Cause #1: Mismatched tires or uneven tire pressure. Ok so Ive been replacing the front end components on my truck the last 2 days and I just cant get the last ball joint out. Hope that helps. Upper ball joint to knuckle nut = 35 lb/ft (1/6 turn to align cotter pin) Upper ball joint to arm nut = 28 lb/ft Lower ball joint to knuckle nut = 55 lb/ft (1/6 turn to align cotter pin) Steering rack to frame bolts = 22 lb/ft Tie rod to knuckle nut = 29 lb/ft (1/6 turn to align cotter pin) Crossmember to frame rail bolt = 52 lb/ft (States in. However as the vehicle will be used on UK roads which are often wet, the ball joint tapers and sockets corroding together could be a problem. With the Jeep supported securely by jack stands remove the front wheels. my question is, how is it freed? how do i get the steering knuckle off the lower ball joint so the ball joints can be pressed out?. " The problem is, the steering knuckle is about 2 inches away from the lower ball joint attachement, no matter how I twist them about. So in total 1 bolt is broken off in the steering knuckle 1 in stuck in the LBJ one is lost somewhere in SD and I got all the was out no problem. Using a BFH (Big F-ING Hammer), hit the steering knuckle right on the end, directly in line with the arm. We don't support your browser. My ball joints are sealed--there's no grease. The ball joint is a component of your suspension. Any suggestions? I have to get this car home quick, luckily it is just up the street from my house off the main roads. How do I get the ball joint out of the steering knuckle. Online shopping for Automotive from a great selection of Suspension Tools, Ball Joint & Tie Rod Tools, Wheel Bearing Tools, Alignment Tools, CV Boot Tools, Axle Tools & more at everyday low prices. Right now, I'm working on the passenger side, and am completely unable to separate the steering knuckle from the ball joint stud. I got a second look at my tie rods Theyre fine. 11) Remove the control arm ball-joint from the steering knuckle. On our vehicles, the ball joint acts much as it does in our body. I don't have a low end impact gun either. Raise the upper ball joint so that the steering knuckle is free. MOOG is the preferred steering and suspension brand of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs. I was hesitant to pound on my 2002's aluminum steering knuckle as well, hence the use of a universal ball joint puller (Post #5). Install the ball joint stud on the steering knuckle arm and tighten the castle nut using a wrench or ratchet and socket. ,yours is really on there too. You need a ball joint separator, aka a "pickle fork", available at any auto part store. Aircooled VW front suspension spindles / steering knuckle components. Place one on one side of the knuckle where the ball joint is stuck and smack the other side with the second hammer a few times. The ball joint must be installed with the flat edges or notches in the same position as the replaced ball joint. 2) Clean and lube the outer CV joint splines, threads, and polished surfaces. Loosen retaining nuts of both the front suspension upper ball joint and the front suspension lower arm ball joint. 2L, it only has 138,000 miles on it. Unbolt the ABS sensor from the steering knuckle using the ratchet. As far as the 285/75 it is defiantly dependent on the rim and lift to run them. But wait! you say. After I fixed that clunk went away. But, considering the mechanical advantage you get with the steering wheel, I would think this increased resistance would be hard to identify. My first bump was I can't get the bolt out for the lower ball joint. I'm trying to replace a ball joint in my '94 GMC Sonoma 4x4. These can include snapping, clicking, popping, knocking or clunking, grinding, and even humming or growling. The knuckle side ball joint is stuck. If you’ve never heard of them, tie rod ends are essentially well-greased ball joints that connect the steering rack to the steering knuckles. Install a ball joint puller to separate the joint from the knuckle. Things I've tried : BFH (8lb sledge) in pretty much every direction and angle, torch + BFH, LOTS of penetrating oil. This is the knuckle and this shows you where the two joints fall and when you turn these two lines are are pretty close right. Automotive, automotive, Repairs September 27, 2013 Sonia. you may need to tighten nut more to have access to the hole (never loosen to gain access to this hole for the cotter pin). Use a ball joint separator tool to press the ball joint from the lower control arm. 13pcs Control Arm Ball Joint Tie Rod End Sway Bar Pitman Idler Arm For Gmc Chevy Mitsubishi Shogun,pajero,montero Two clamp bolts lock the jaws on the Pitman arm, ensuring a solid grip The OTC 6497 works on 2005 and newer Ford F-250 and F-350 four-wheel drive super-duty trucks. Joined Dec 3, 2012 · 376 Posts. The ball joint and attached steering knuckle are now off of the car completely, and I'm working on getting the bolts I broke off out of it. Use a suitable tool to separate the tie rod end from the knuckle. 5 lb hammer straight to the top of surface of the joint. go to autozone or an autostore and buy yourself or rent a pickle fork. Removed the retaining nut, but the bolt is not budging and it has to come out. Inspect the ball joints to make sure they need to be replaced. In order to replace the ball joint, you must replace the entire control arm assembly. Stick a pickle fork between the yoke and knuckle (C and B). Make sure that you are installing them in the correct position. At this point the only thing holding the steering knuckle on is the lower ball joint and the axle is still in the spindle. I followed all instructions that Carli sent. The hole in the steering knuckle into which the ball joint stud goes is out of round. "(e) Push down on the steering knuckle so that it aligns with the lower ball joint assembly. Remove the lower ball joint from the lower control arm using J9519-E and J34874; Install the lower ball joint and J9519-E, J41435, and J45105-2 to the lower control arm. hondapartscheap. It seems to be frozen in place. Can I drive with a ball joint problem? A vehicle with a significantly worn ball joint should not be driven. Separate the ball joint stud from the steering knuckle by prying down on lower control arm and up against the ball joint boss on the steering knuckle. Jump to Latest Follow 1 - 20 of 20 Posts. leave the pinch bolt in place and then place the pickle fork between the steering knuckle and control arm. Buyers Guide for Dodge Ram Diesel Pickup Trucks from turbodieselregister. Heating the ball joint, and thus making it bigger, will not help at all. Ball joint separator tool? Hammer with the nut on the threads? TIA P. 1994 4x4 Toyota Truck ball joints. Ball joints provide pivoting movement between the steering knuckles and control arms to provide a safe, smooth ride and allow you to precisely control your vehicle. Ream the hole. You need to turn the steering wheel to gain clearance depending on which bolts you're working on. MOOG is the preferred steering and suspension brand of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs. A slide hammer will definitely help break it free. Also how would it effect the radar sensor. You can widen the slot in the steering knuckle that the ball joint sits in and spray some lubricant in there, also there is a good chance you will need to use a ball joint separator or pickle fork to separate them. Should be the same for 92 to 00 Civics. Remove the splash guard from the steering knuckle. 13pcs Control Arm Ball Joint Tie Rod End Sway Bar Pitman Idler Arm For Gmc Chevy Mitsubishi Shogun,pajero,montero Two clamp bolts lock the jaws on the Pitman arm, ensuring a solid grip The OTC 6497 works on 2005 and newer Ford F-250 and F-350 four-wheel drive super-duty trucks. Detached tie rod end. If the ball joint fails completely, the control arm can detach from the steering knuckle, meaning you will lose control of the car. Install a bolt with a nut into cylinder shaft (in place of the tie rode end). For the E38 Chassis car. I have placed a 10mm dia. I've been beating on it for 4 hours and it still wont break loose. I think the previous owner had the same problem. If the knuckle is bent, could I just re-align it to offset the damage? The A. A slide hammer will definitely help break it free. Transmission / Drive Shaft - BMW E90 DIY. Measure the wear and check against manufacturer's specifications. "(e) Push down on the steering knuckle so that it aligns with the lower ball joint assembly. Turn the steering so that the ball joint/knuckle are more exposed. Step 8 - Pry steering knuckle from shock absorber. After having the Hervey ball joints in 3196 replaced with the UK ball joints, the steering is incredibly stiff. Panhard rods and track bars laterally locate solid axles within the vehicle body and prevent side-to-side movement. Four bolts hold the steering arm to the spindle and using a pickle fork or some other ball joint separator will remove it from the lower control arm. Lower ball joint must be removed before any service can be performed on the upper ball joint. Ensure you have something to pry it apart as you are doing it only so you can tell when it's actually separated. A lottttt of Pb. jpg (image). Joined Dec 3, 2012 · 376 Posts. Wander is a vehicle's tendency to to drift from one side of the road to the other. Leave the jack in place and don't be afraid of it. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Remove the bolt that holds the top of the ball joint in the steering knuckle. Ok so Ive been replacing the front end components on my truck the last 2 days and I just cant get the last ball joint out. Right now, I'm working on the passenger side, and am completely unable to separate the steering knuckle from the ball joint stud. The steering knuckles are installed so that their vertical centerline is not perpendicular to the ground. The ball joint bolt is stuck in the steering knuckle and will not release. I recently changed my ball joint but got the join stuck in the steering knuckle, can anyone help me find an oem steering knuckle or any kind of replacement? Search " " across the entire site Search " " in this forum Search " " in this discussion. Ball joints provide pivoting movement between the steering knuckles and control arms to provide a safe, smooth ride and allow you to precisely control your vehicle. Loose ball joints can affect caster and kingpin inclination. If it is stuck in the control arm, usually a hammer works just knock the hell out of it and go in a circular motion around the outside edge of the ball joint. All was going well until I got the upper and lower ball joint nuts off and tried to remove the knuckle. For installation, use a C-clamp style ball joint press and sockets to push the new ball joint into the steering knuckle. MOOG is the preferred steering and suspension brand of professional technicians and NASCAR crew chiefs. We loosened the lower ball joint as well but kept it together so the axle and the vacuum actuator could be slid from the steering knuckle. A little slop at the upper joint can make a difference 14" to 18" away at the point where the tire contacts the road. On the LH knuckle, it is necessary to remove the steering arm before servicing the upper ball joint. How to Know if. I have tried a pickle fork, two ball joint separator tools (both of which are bent or completely shattered now) hammering on the side of the knuckle where the ball joint passes through while applying pressure. Remove the two 13mm bolts securing the ball joint to the steering knuckle. Loosen 18mm nut holding ball joint to steering knuckle; Pry between steering knuckle and ball joint, hit steering knuckle with hammer until separated; Remove 10mm bolt on top of control arm that secures the wiring harness; Support suspension with a jack; Remove 21mm nuts on each side of control arm that are on bolts going into frame. J24319-B Puller. Well the passenger side lower ball joint is being a real pain in the ass. As a linkage attached to the steering box (see recirculating ball) sector shaft, it converts the angular motion of the sector shaft into the linear motion needed to steer the wheels. You had to drill the rivets out, beat the old one out, and put the new one on with the supplied hardware. I am new to the forum and mad at myself. No need for any useless tools like ball joint separators. The steering knuckle ball joints are a press fit into the hub carrier, as I said at the start of the post, items 11 and 13 in the diagram. My ball joints are sealed--there's no grease. Many different years share with your car. a couple good hits with a BFH on the knuckle by the ball joint will pop it free, just remove the pinch bolt. I believe the 2007 knuckles may not be aluminum. For separating the ball joint from the spindle support arm on domestic and import front wheel drive vehicles. Your next focus will be on removing the wheel bearing knuckle from the. Using a suitable pry bar, pry between subframe and lower control arm. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Lincoln LS based on all problems reported for the LS.