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Ball Joint question/problem

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by ldrintx, Nov 15, 2005.

  1. ldrintx

    ldrintx Newbie

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    My 1978 K5 blazer needs new ball joints. A friend and I tried to change them
    once already, but apparently changing the joints requires the Laws of Physics
    to be violated. I've been told that the axle must removed first. I've also
    been told there is some way to merely shift the axle around without
    completely removing it, to make space to remove the ball joints.

    Either way, that's the problem. We can't figure out how to get the
    axle out while the ball joints are still in place, and can't remove the ball
    joints while the axle is still in place....Catch-22.

    Clearly we've missed something! Can somebody provide proper instructions
    for how to change ball joints in a 1978 K5?

    THANKS!
     
  2. dremu

    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    Do a search. Yes, you have to remove the axleshafts ... just gotta remove the spindles to get them out. It's greasy dirty work, but it's doable.

    You'll also need the magic socket thing, Oatanna 2080, IIRC, but search on "ball joint installation" and you'll find more than you wanted to.

    -- A
     
  3. spearchucker

    spearchucker 1/2 ton status

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  4. sweetk30

    sweetk30 professional hooker Premium Member

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    1= tire off

    2= brakes and rotor /hub off

    3= spindle and all parts off

    4= axle shaft out

    5= remove top and bottom nuts

    6= remove knuckle

    7= remove and install ball joints with ball joint press. auto zone rents them if needed.

    8= reinstall all parts

    this is the sort discription of it all.
     
  5. Jagged

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    Forgot an important step...

    Check for "spare" parts.
     
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    sweetk30 professional hooker Premium Member

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    been a long time for ball joints in my stuff. i run the big boy on the block.:D :haha:
     
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    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    Anybody wanna elucidate on this PVC idea the write up talks about?

    Are we talking about just dropping a like half-section of PVC lengthwise into the axle housing? seems like it'd get a bit beat up by the axle shaft rotating about...

    -- A
     
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    Ask Grim-Reaper, he did this on his Dollar truck. Or you could ask the guy that bought Dollar also.
     
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    Does anyone know where I can go to get my ball joints pressed in? I tried to do it with my 3 in 1 tool from HF and an impact gun but I am running into all kinds of trouble. Also, does anyone know where I can get the tool for the top adjusting nut?
     
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    Nothing? Anybody? BUMP
     

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