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Lower ball Joint Replacement

I just replaced my lower ball joint today. It wasn't that hard. I got a ball joint service kit from Harbor Freight $55. Here Are some Pics.

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When doing the ball joint you don't have to remove the hub. I unbolted the upper control arm,the tie rod ,the sway bar link,the bottom clevis for the strut, and I took the caliper and rotor off tho lighten the load. Then I just zip tied it all out of the way.

Caliper zip tied out of the way


Remove The clevis


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Removing the rotor



Unclip the sensor so you don't damage the wires.



Once you get everything off you just unbolt the lower ball joint. there is just enough room to slide the ball joint out. Move it all aside to get to the ball joint.




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I started to remove the ball joint Bye hammering the two tabs in on the top. Then I used the kit to start pressing it out. I finished it out bye using a socket and hitting it with a hammer.






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With the ball joint kit you have to reconfigure it a couple of times to get it all the way in. The new ball joint has a grease fitting and a exit point for excess grease to come out of the boot. They tell you to face the grease exit point to the inside. Once it is in put the c-clip on and your done. Well not done you have to put everything back together.

New and old joint












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Bad Bad Bad!



Here is a video clip of what a bad ball joint sounds like.

http://s288.photobucket.com/albums/l...=VIDEO0009.mp4

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Awesome write up! I have the exact same HF Kit in the garage I plan on using for the Wagoneer in 3-4 weeks. Good to know I can use it on the Commander.

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Great write up! Which brand of ball joint did you use? Is that blood in the third to last image?

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Just an update. If you look at the two pic below you can see that the c-clip did not sit all the way in. The arm is sloped upward so the clip cannot snap in. I took the clip off and used a dremmal to grind it flat so the clip would slip in. When I do the other side I will grind it before I install the new one. I will take a pic of the new clip install tomorrow,




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Truth be told, the snap ring is unnecessary for this application......you notice they aren't used on the original setup.
The spring is always pushing the arm downward, the knuckle is always pushing the joint upward.....the result is the joint will always be fully seated.

All that aside, using an additional retention source certainly can't hurt a thing.

Solid and informative write up...well done!

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