How to Replace a Ball Joint (in depth, ultimate guide)

Опубликовано: 27 мая 2014 г. 909 620 просмотров

Replacing a Lower Control Arm Ball Joint. Learn how to replace a lower ball joint by pressing it out of the control arm and pressing the new one back in. To watch the longer, in depth version, click the link below.
Replace a ball joint (short, fast version): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9O_c...

Here is where to get the ball joint press: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002...
Torque Wrench I use: http://amzn.to/1N65Maz
Socket Set I use: http://amzn.to/1BlL0Tj
Ball Joints: http://amzn.to/2qEOOhc

How to check your ball joints to see if they are bad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62bVn...
In-Depth Version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZztbA...
Upper Control Arm Replacement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7bOx...
How To Press a Ball Joint: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37NgL...
How to Change a Wheel Bearing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPs-Q...

Torque Specs are for my 2001 Mazda B3000
(each make and model will have different torque specs so check your service manual for proper torque specs.)
-Lower Ball Joint
83-113 ft-lbs and tighten to the next slot for the cotter pin (don't back the nut off)
-Upper Control Arm Ball Joint
-Caliper Bracket Bolts

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    ferguson logan Год назад (изменено) Would you do the upper and lower ball joints on the Nissan pathfinder 2007-2009? Also lifts on the struts
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    ChrisFix 4 года назад +Brian Ramuno, I cannot reply to your comment for some reason but I hope you see this. I dont know what springs you need to compress. You are not taking the control arm off, you are just moving the knuckle out of the way. I will have a new video next Thursday working on another car to show you the similarities and difference in removing the ball joint and pressing in a new one. If you watch the video, that is what you need to do to press out a ball joint.
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    takeadayofff 2 года назад (изменено) 8:48 turn the C-clamp upside down to install it easier. Remeber, it's a system with 2 opposing pressure points, so the force upon them is identical no matter which way the C-clamp is pointed. 9:38 the sharp edge of the snapring should be pointed down so if the press fitting looses tension from extreme use, the snap ring will bind in the groove and help prevent separation. 9:44 tap around the snapring with a flat blade punch and a small hammer to make absolutely sure it is fully seated in the groove. Probably best to install the grease zerk last so u don't damage it during CV/knuckle maneuvering.
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    Bob Bishop 4 года назад Very helpful thank you Chris!
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    Shag Baker 2 года назад This video saved me over 500.00 in labor. My cousin had the tools, including the press, for me to do this. Thanks for taking the time to make this.
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    Maj. Dude 11 месяцев назад (изменено) Thanks for the info in your videos, and for the CONFIDENCE to attempt this job. I did both upper ball joints, sway bar end links and tie rod ends on my '06 Ram 1500. The satisfaction of doing it myself makes the hundreds of dollars I saved worth even more to me.
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