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Unread 05-08-2012, 01:35 PM   #1
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This may seem like a stupid question but can the upper ball joints simply be tightened rather than replaced all together? Theres a good amount of separation between the ball joints and the U joint compared to my buddies jeep so im thinking theyre just loose.

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Unread 05-08-2012, 01:38 PM   #2
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If your ball joints are loose, then yes they should be tightened. Is that a substitute for replacing them if they are worn out, no.
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Unread 05-08-2012, 02:06 PM   #3
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If your ball joints are loose, then yes they should be tightened. Is that a substitute for replacing them if they are worn out, no.
I understand if they are wore they should be replaced. Im going to have a friend of mine determine if they should be replaced or if tightening them is all they need. They dont look worn but ill check to be certain.
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What does a worn ball joint look like? I need to go have a look at mine.
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I understand if they are wore they should be replaced. Im going to have a friend of mine determine if they should be replaced or if tightening them is all they need. They dont look worn but ill check to be certain.
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What does a worn ball joint look like? I need to go have a look at mine.
Bad ball joints look like this:


and for reference, worn u-joints looks like this:

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Unread 05-08-2012, 03:11 PM   #6
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I've never experienced a ball-joint that needs to be re-tightened. They have a tapered shaft and once they are installed, you put a cotter pin through the castle nut and nothing should move or loosen. If you are seeing any movement, the b-joint is bad.

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i just jacked up my jeep and shimmied the tires up and down using a pry bar and i saw NO play in the upper or lower ball joints. However, there is about a 3 millimeter gap between the ball joint bushing and the socket it goes into
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i just jacked up my jeep and shimmied the tires up and down using a pry bar and i saw NO play in the upper or lower ball joints. However, there is about a 3 millimeter gap between the ball joint bushing and the socket it goes into
At this point, your best bet is to post a picture or two.
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I think he is trying to say that he has a 3 MM gap between the knuckle and the C?
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