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Unread 09-24-2011, 05:01 PM   #1
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D30 ball joint replacement questions.

I was quoted $680 dollars (with an employee discount) from the local Sullivan Tire to replace all 4. Needless to say I won't be shelling out that much money. I plan on doing it myself using this write up:

http://www.higherground4x4.com/forum...ep-XJ-YJ-or-ZJ

Here are my questions:

1. Sullivan tire sighted the fact that my vehicle is leaf sprung and not coils as a reason why the job was so labor intensive and expensive. After looking at my FSM I cannot figure out why this makes a difference at all. Can anyone think of why this might be? All the writeups I've found have been for coil sprung vehicles and it seems to me like the procedure would be the same but I don't want to be missing something before I rip everything apart.

2. Is there a way to make the autozone loaner tool workable or should I go out and buy one? If so what do people recommend?

Thanks for helping a n00b. Take care,
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Unread 09-24-2011, 05:14 PM   #2
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1) BS

2) Check out your local auto parts stores, rent the ball joint tool that has the most adapters. You can make the basic straight adapters do the job, it is just slightly more difficult. A full adapter kit has angled adapters to deal with Jeep steering knuckles.

For the next time, I have considered buying the Jeep/Chrysler adapter kit and then just renting the press.

The Harbor Freight ball joint press is too light weight for stubborn ball joints. The rental kits are usually professional quality tools.
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Unread 09-24-2011, 05:20 PM   #3
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Get the loaner from Advance it's a complete kit. It comes with the adapters for 4X4's. The good thing is you can keep it (rent it) for 30 days and they give you every penny back.
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Unread 09-24-2011, 05:23 PM   #4
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Awesome. Thanks for the responses. The extra labor for leaf springs blew my mind. I wonder what kind of games alldata is playing there. Wish me luck.
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Unread 09-24-2011, 05:39 PM   #5
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If my memory serves me correctly I believe this is the part# at Advance:

http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/web...7CGRP2107_____

Just like this one but I used the OTC.

http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/web...7CGRP2003_____

Cost me 180.00 to rent about a year ago. Just make sure you let them know you want the kit that comes with the 4x4 adapters.

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The extra labor for leaf springs blew my mind.
I don't remember having to do anything to or with my leafs when I did mine.
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Unread 09-24-2011, 06:00 PM   #6
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You can do all 4 joints for about $200 with good joints.

I just did one side on my leaf sprung D30 this afternoon.
Used the loan-a tool press from AZ. You do have to shim the press when using it due to the angled "C".
I just used a screwdriver shaft to shim it.
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I did discuss ball joint replacement in a thread, looked into this subject some. Feel free to take a look here http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/y...-30-a-1140042/
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Unread 09-24-2011, 07:04 PM   #8
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I've done ball joints on three different Wranglers and two Blazers. A ball joint press from Harbor Freight is what I bought and it gets the job done flawlessly.

All you need is the harbor freight press, the ball joints with the proper cotter pins, a big enough socket for the nuts, beers, an afternoon, and some marine grease for the ball joints.

Super easy job.
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Sometimes they can be a real hassle to get out. Take your time and hang in there. Good Luck.
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Yep, I call BS too.

I bought this: http://www.harborfreight.com/automot...-kit-4065.html

Then, spent about 2 hrs (first time replacing ball joints so I was worried about breaking something) and I was done.

BTW, I have TONS of HFT stuff and never had an issue with any of it. I had a 24" breaker bar, with a 5' steel pipe on it, to get the ball joints off. Impact wrench didn't have enough a$$ in it.
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Thanks for all the responses. I'm gonna tackle this job today. One more question:
My FSM says I need to remove the shift motor for the 4wd but none of the write ups i've found mention this step. One of them suggested putting the truck in 4wd before jacking it up so as to keep the inner/outer axle shafts together. If I do that will I still need to remove the shift motor before reinstalling the axle shaft?

Thanks again for the responses.
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Yep, I call BS too.

I bought this: http://www.harborfreight.com/automot...-kit-4065.html

Then, spent about 2 hrs (first time replacing ball joints so I was worried about breaking something) and I was done.

BTW, I have TONS of HFT stuff and never had an issue with any of it. I had a 24" breaker bar, with a 5' steel pipe on it, to get the ball joints off. Impact wrench didn't have enough a$$ in it.
And best yet, if you break something of theirs, you can always bring it back and claim that it was faulty. They'll tell you to go grab another one.


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Thanks for all the responses. I'm gonna tackle this job today. One more question:
My FSM says I need to remove the shift motor for the 4wd but none of the write ups i've found mention this step. One of them suggested putting the truck in 4wd before jacking it up so as to keep the inner/outer axle shafts together. If I do that will I still need to remove the shift motor before reinstalling the axle shaft?

Thanks again for the responses.
Not necessary. You should be able to pull the outer shaft out with out issue. You may have fluid leakage but I'd imagine your differential could possibly use a fluid change anyways.
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