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Unread 03-25-2013, 09:25 AM   #1
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Ball joints on cherokee chief

I have a 82 Cherokee chief wide/track, I need passenger side ball joints BAD!! Is it pretty strait foreword (my dad has the press tool) any tricks to it? I have never done them, it's pretty rusty hopefully it pops apart! I'm going to do the upper and lower on the passenger side, the driver side is tight!! Any help will be nice!

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Unread 03-25-2013, 03:48 PM   #2
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It would be a Dana 44, HELP!

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Unread 03-25-2013, 03:58 PM   #3
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It would be a Dana 44, HELP!

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Have you tried hitting it on the side? Not on the ball joint directly but on the housing it sets in.

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Unread 03-25-2013, 04:16 PM   #4
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That's not what I mean, what I mean is, is there Amy tricks to it, this is my first car/truck/JEEP, so I have never done them, I have watched once, is it pretty easy on these jeeps?

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Unread 03-25-2013, 04:30 PM   #5
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A Dana 44 is a Dana 44 no matter what it's on.

I am a mechanic and some jobs seem even intimidating for me. But once I do them a few times they become much easier.

The person you really need to talk to and learn from is an old timer.

I learned more in the year that I worked with my great uncle restoring hot rods than I have at tech school, college classes, or on my own.

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Unread 03-25-2013, 04:54 PM   #6
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Thanks!! I will get it done!! Some how..... If the wheels even come off lol!! There pretty rusty might have to hammer them off!!

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Thanks!! I will get it done!! Some how..... If the wheels even come off lol!! There pretty rusty might have to hammer them off!!

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Using a hammer on the side of a ball joint. Not on it directly can sometimes simply make them fall out. Give it a shot.
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Using a hammer on the side of a ball joint. Not on it directly can sometimes simply make them fall out. Give it a shot.
Thanks revelc!!!! I will try that when I get it apart!! Hopefully the wheels come off, I have seen them get vary stuck before

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Thanks revelc!!!! I will try that when I get it apart!! Hopefully the wheels come off, I have seen them get vary stuck before

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Be careful not to over torque the wheels. If they are hard to get off someone probably over tightened them or if its bad they could be cross threaded.
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The spindle can be tough to get off. I've found that there can be room to turn the knuckle to the steering stop and then use a punch from the backside of the knuckle, alternating between the top and bottom, to drive them out. Lots of people try to wedge a chisel between the spindle and knuckle, which usually damages the side of the spindle mounting face (just clean it up with a grinder or file if this happens). Soak the spindle/knuckle connection point well with penetrating fluid.
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Using a hammer on the side of a ball joint. Not on it directly can sometimes simply make them fall out. Give it a shot.
That is a solid tip, works well on tie rods as well. Two hammers, both sides simultaneously. Good call
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Be careful not to over torque the wheels. If they are hard to get off someone probably over tightened them or if its bad they could be cross threaded.
I have not had them off since I have owned it lol! I always toque them to speck

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The spindle can be tough to get off. I've found that there can be room to turn the knuckle to the steering stop and then use a punch from the backside of the knuckle, alternating between the top and bottom, to drive them out. Lots of people try to wedge a chisel between the spindle and knuckle, which usually damages the side of the spindle mounting face (just clean it up with a grinder or file if this happens). Soak the spindle/knuckle connection point well with penetrating fluid.
Will do!!

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Unread 03-27-2013, 09:49 PM   #14
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The spindle can be tough to get off. I've found that there can be room to turn the knuckle to the steering stop and then use a punch from the backside of the knuckle, alternating between the top and bottom, to drive them out. Lots of people try to wedge a chisel between the spindle and knuckle, which usually damages the side of the spindle mounting face (just clean it up with a grinder or file if this happens). Soak the spindle/knuckle connection point well with penetrating fluid.
Wait how do u do this?

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Once you have the wheel/tire, brake calipers, and wheelbearing hub off turn the knuckle all the way so that the steering arm points away from the center of the vehicle. Look around at the backside of the knuckle and you can see the backside of the spindle. Drive the spindle off from the backside.
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