I'm a newbie on your site, enquiring for a friend of mine who has a 4.0 Cherokee, he needs to replace the upper & lower balljoints. Could somebody please say what is involved & how easy the job is?, or a link to a 'how to' guide?
A ball joint press would be beneficial. It's been a while, but I remember some mention of which brand some of the guys on here liked. Might not be bad to have some post reguarding this topic again. I know autozone rents a ball joint press, but I think the quality was a little poor and it had a tendency to bend....and I think the AmPro kit that Advance sells is not the best quality either. Hopefully someone else can give some advice on the tools.
Look for the link called "Installing adjustable ball joints". The method is the same for installing regular or adjustable types, and this page shows in great detail how it's done.
I don't own an XJ any longer, but I still think they are the best of all the Jeep products ever made. My XJ was my favorite vehicle in my 50+ years of driving.
So...I stick around and give advice.
Yep, I used the youtube videos as well. It took about 7-8 hours to do all 4, they are a pain to get out and everything has to be lined up perfectly when pressing them back in or they will not go. Popping them out, may want to PB blast them a few days before, as it is a workout.
2000 Sport 4X4 4.0 inline six, AW-4 Automatic, stock
Original Owner 300,000 miles
It was easier than on other vehicles. But the axle was in the back of my Jeep when I was doing the ball joints. The hard part was keeping the axle from flopping around when I was really yarning on the breaker bar and press.
2000 XJ - 3.5'' Lift & Skinny Mudders.
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If you rent a tool, the parts store I went to had a second kit for 4wd, it basically is just more press cups. They really came in handy. Also I found you can put an impact gun on the mega c clamp once you get them started in straight. It really cut down on the removal and install time! Took me about 3 hours to do 2 the first time I did it. Pretty sure doing it again would be less than an hour per ball joint.
One other note, make sure the side you are doing is as high in the air as you can get it! Cuts down on how much oil gets into the axle shaft and later bleeds out onto your parking spot!
I am currently looking to do it again, this time with beefier ball joints.