How to Replace a Ball Joint

Below guide will teach you How to Replace a Ball Joint . Please follow the instructions carefully.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Ball Joint Separator
  • Ball Peen Hammer
  • Socket and Ratchet Set
  • Jack Stand Set
  • Standard Wrench Set
  • 1/2 in. Drive Torque Wrench
  • Ball Joint

Estimated Costs:

  • DIY Costs: Est. $65.65 parts only
  • Shop Costs: Est. $304.54 parts and labor

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  • Park the car on a flat surface and apply the parking brake.
  • Raise the front of the vehicle with floor jack. To ensure your safety during repair work, it is better to secure the vehicle on jack stands.
  • Unfasten the lug nuts from the front wheels and take them away.
  • Secure the lower control arm with a floor jack. Take the cotter pin away from ball joint holding nut.
  • Unfasten the nut and remove the ball joint from the knuckle with the help of ball joint separator.
  • You need to have a special tool to pull the damaged ball joint out from the upper or lower control arm.
  • Take a new ball joint and insert it into the control arm.
  • Reinstall the steering knuckle on the control arm.
  • Keeping in view the manufacturer’s specifications, torque the castle nut accordingly.
  • Replace the old cotter pin with new one.
  • Put the front wheels back to the vehicle and secure them with lug nuts.

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