post #1 of Old 02-16-2008, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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Lower Ball joint.

about 10 months ago I Changed the front axle u-joints and put anti-seize on all the hardware so if when i needed to get back at the axle nut,hub bolts etc. it would be a breeze. Well... I got a lower ball joint that needs to be replaced on the pass. side. I was wondering how hard they are to remove. do i need to remove the upper ball joint. i understand they are pressed in so are they f##% ers to get out? I am thinking of letting a mechanic do it in case they are absolutely seized in there. I do my own work usually but they do look like a job that i am not sure if i want to tackle. someone tell me if they are bad or easy. Any harder than the u-joints.?

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about 10 months ago I Changed the front axle u-joints and put anti-seize on all the hardware so if when i needed to get back at the axle nut,hub bolts etc. it would be a breeze. Well... I got a lower ball joint that needs to be replaced on the pass. side. I was wondering how hard they are to remove. do i need to remove the upper ball joint. i understand they are pressed in so are they f##% ers to get out? I am thinking of letting a mechanic do it in case they are absolutely seized in there. I do my own work usually but they do look like a job that i am not sure if i want to tackle. someone tell me if they are bad or easy. Any harder than the u-joints.?
They are fairly easy to change, however there is a lot of work to get to them. That's why its so expensive to have it done at a shop. You have to remove the knuckle, rent or buy a ball joint hand press. It looks like a large C clamp and it pushes the ball joints in and/or out of the steering knuckle.

4-ball-joint.jpg

You will have to remove the upper ball joint so that you can change the lower one. The long threaded rod has to pass through the upper ball joint hole to press in the lower one.

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Axle swaps & build thread: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/rebuilding-front-dana-44-a-397243/
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yeah, that's what I thought. I am not fond of having to hand over $$$$ to another person for something I can do myself. Just wondering if there is a full write up on the job. never had the knuckle off before. I bought a u-joint hand press which is the same thing as the tool in the photo but it doesn't have all the end pieces (removal adapters and receiver tubes)to fit over different size press outs. Do you think I should be able to rig something up with it?
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yeah, that's what I thought. I am not fond of having to hand over $$$$ to another person for something I can do myself. Just wondering if there is a full write up on the job. never had the knuckle off before. I bought a u-joint hand press which is the same thing as the tool in the photo but it doesn't have all the end pieces (removal adapters and receiver tubes)to fit over different size press outs. Do you think I should be able to rig something up with it?
This picture above is a Dana 44 knuckle, on the Dana 30 the ball joints press into the inner 'C' rather than the steering knuckle. The tool is the same, the process is very similar. I would rent the press from Autozone, I wouldn't try and 'rig' anything up.

Write ups here:

http://www.madxj.com/MADXJ/technical...balljoints.htm

http://www.moabjeeper.com/articles/t...?articleID=222

http://www.popularmechanics.com/how_...e/1888732.html

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Axle swaps & build thread: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=397243
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The best place to purchase them is Rockauto.com, their Moog parts are 1/2 the price of everyone else and come with a lifetime warranty. Soaking them with penetrating oil for a few days prior makes removal a hell of a lot easier and if you aren't strapped for cash I'd definately suggest doing them all at the same time. A side note on loaner tools that require a deposit, do so with cash if at all possible....otherwise it takes up to ten business days to refund your credit or debit card.

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if you call around you can probably find a shop that will press the joints in and out for you if you bring the knuckle to them.

EDIT sorry never did xj joints i was just going off other trucks i've done. but this won't work for an xj

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post #7 of Old 02-17-2008, 04:32 PM
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yep you might as well do both upper and lower

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if you call around you can probably find a shop that will press the joints in and out for you if you bring the knuckle to them.
The ball joints are NOT in the knuckle. They are in the YOKE on the END of the axle housing.

Owing to this, to change ball joints, you HAVE to use the special tool ON THE CAR.

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