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Unread 11-17-2012, 01:17 PM   #1
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ball joint re&re

replaced tie rods, drag link, leaf springs, shocks, swaybar links, body mount bushings, steering stabalizer, engine mounts and tranny mount. Bad noise coming from front pass. side over washboard type bumps. So i recheck ball joints, and have movement on pass. side. Have new ball joints, go to book for info and book says to take to dealer to do ball joints. At $100 an hour (here in b.c.) i am thinking i might be better off doing it my self. Have the right front end kit with all pullers and presses for removal of ball joints, tie rods. I have never (YET) disassembled the front axle on my jeep, and was wondering how much problems most guys had when trying this for the first time? Any help you could offer would be great, thanks.

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Unread 11-17-2012, 01:44 PM   #2
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Get a good ball joint press tool. You dont need to take front hub bearing from the axle shaft. Just undo the 3 bolts holding the hub bearing one. 13 MM and 12 point VERY tight. The get the hub and shaft out of the way. Some times It like to stick in the knuckle. May have to screw the bolts back in almost all the way and tap on them with hammer. I like to use a socket on the head to protect them. Spray penetrating oil on to help.
Once the bearings are out. Remove knuckle. 2 castle nuts and pop it hard with hammer and it will fall off. Press the ball joints out and then new ones back in. reverse the instruction for install

HARDEST part is getting that bearing hub out..
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Unread 11-17-2012, 01:49 PM   #3
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jack up vehicle place on jackstands with ample room to get the ball joint press under the knuckle as well as a impact gun. remove tire. remove brake caliper. remove rotor. remote tie rod end. remove cotter pin/retaining nut and large axle nut. remove the 3 bolts behind the knuckle holding on the wheel hub. if you've never had the hubs off before the 12 point bolts may be rather rusty and the hub itself may not want to come off so you'll have to do some hammering and whatnot. if you hammer on it too hard you run the risk of destroying the bearings on the inside so you might end up having to remplace the hubs as well. once you've got the hub off pull the shaft out and stuff a rag in the end of the axle tube just to keep extra crap from going in there. then you'll need to remove the cotter pins and nuts from the ball joints. thread the nut back on loose to keep it from dropping on your toes. take out the old mini sledge and start striking the knuckle at the ball joint to break the taper free. once the upper and lower are free remove the nuts and set the knuckle aside. next you'll need to get your ball joint press and figure out the best combination to press them out of the axle, it might take some time and a few tries to get it just right to press them out strait. once you do take a small piece of emory cloth to clean the inside where the ball joints are pressed in. then press the new ball joints in. then reverse order everything and put it back together.
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Unread 11-17-2012, 02:07 PM   #4
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You dont need to take that big nut off. Leave it, as the shaft and the hub bearing come out as a unit.
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Unread 11-17-2012, 02:58 PM   #5
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Unless you are replacing the unit hubs leave it attached. This a couple hour job with some PB blaster a BFH and a good ball joint press. There are several good threads and also youtube videos. It can take several hours if you are not familiar with the process. But it is DIY friendly with a little homework first.
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Unread 11-17-2012, 03:19 PM   #6
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You can leave the tie rod end on the steering knuckle too.
It's not a real tough job.!
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Unread 11-18-2012, 01:19 AM   #7
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I am gonna do it, Thanks and i will let you know how it goes. Thanks again , Colin
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Unread 11-18-2012, 11:07 AM   #8
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I am gonna do it, Thanks and i will let you know how it goes. Thanks again , Colin
TJ, but same: http://www.stu-offroad.com/axle/ball...alljoint-1.htm

The more you read up first, the better. I used this thread for reference when I did mine, had never done ball joints before at that point and it was straight forward.
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Just so happens I watched this video this morning, it's for a Cherokee but you'll get the idea.

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ball joints done, seems i have worn axle seals! out came the front end , have ring and pinion kit and seals plus spartan locker, should take care of leak and recondition the front end .(bearings and all). Same time out comes the np 231, have slip yoke eliminator and rebuild kit with seals and bearings. hope to have it all done within a couple weeks. My credit is coming to a end, have been pouring parts into my jeep. same time out with my old 2.5 l (over 300000 km on it) and clutch. my new 2.5 L really taking shape, spotless. Big job, when done way more power, better traction, less vibration with sye. rear end still to do, rebuild and locker my old jeep will be new.Really hoping it all comes together in the real world the way it did in my head. till next time, Scorch
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ball joints done, seems i have worn axle seals! out came the front end , have ring and pinion kit and seals plus spartan locker, should take care of leak and recondition the front end .(bearings and all). Same time out comes the np 231, have slip yoke eliminator and rebuild kit with seals and bearings. hope to have it all done within a couple weeks. My credit is coming to a end, have been pouring parts into my jeep. same time out with my old 2.5 l (over 300000 km on it) and clutch. my new 2.5 L really taking shape, spotless. Big job, when done way more power, better traction, less vibration with sye. rear end still to do, rebuild and locker my old jeep will be new.Really hoping it all comes together in the real world the way it did in my head. till next time, Scorch
Cool, sounds like you are really taking some pride and (funds) and doing this thing right. After all of that is done and a little tweaking to get the bugs out it should ride, drive and run like a dream. One thing about it, you will know what you have when you are done with a piece of mind when you drive it.
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ball joints done, seems i have worn axle seals! out came the front end , have ring and pinion kit and seals plus spartan locker, should take care of leak and recondition the front end .(bearings and all). Same time out comes the np 231, have slip yoke eliminator and rebuild kit with seals and bearings. hope to have it all done within a couple weeks. My credit is coming to a end, have been pouring parts into my jeep. same time out with my old 2.5 l (over 300000 km on it) and clutch. my new 2.5 L really taking shape, spotless. Big job, when done way more power, better traction, less vibration with sye. rear end still to do, rebuild and locker my old jeep will be new.Really hoping it all comes together in the real world the way it did in my head. till next time, Scorch

when i started to wonder if it was worth putting the money i was spending in the jeep, i went to the dealer and looked at sticker prices.
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Unread 01-03-2013, 01:48 PM   #13
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Make sure the alignment is spot on and when you drive it you will be very happy. I did mine a couple months ago everything was original and it was the difference between night and day. Now it is a nice drive instead of a thrill ride.
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Unread 01-03-2013, 04:49 PM   #14
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Replaced clutch in 95 wrangler 2.5 ... Worn clutch plate not excessive , on plate , flywheel , or fingers, but pedal engages high still yet, have nice pedal, just engages higher than I'd like... I work on cars but clutches aren't my specialty , and this is my own and first time I've done a wrangler clutch, I their an adjustment or should I just roll with it..... Any answers ???? Thx in advance
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Unread 01-19-2013, 02:13 AM   #15
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Unless you are replacing the unit hubs leave it attached. This a couple hour job with some PB blaster a BFH and a good ball joint press. There are several good threads and also youtube videos. It can take several hours if you are not familiar with the process. But it is DIY friendly with a little homework first.
dana 30 is in shop at the moment, ring and pinion rebuild kit and bearings and seals all to be replaced , spartan locker being installed. This , of course leads to thoughts of locking hub convertion for the better handleing on road driving. Not to sure how much the spartan locker will affect handleing yet, will know when this leg of rebuild is done and i get to DRIVE it. like your jeep jokerchief, similar lift tire ect. to mine, looks good !
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