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Ball Joints

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by blopez, Feb 17, 2006.

  1. blopez

    blopez Registered Member

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    OK, I jacked up the truck agian and I think I agree with everyone it's ball joints.

    How do I replace them?

    Do I need speacial tools to replace?

    Is there a step by step with pictures available anywhere?

    1972 GMC Jimmy.
    Dana 44(5F) with 8 lugs,
    39.5 tires
     
  2. southernspeed

    southernspeed 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    You'll need a spindle bearing tool (4 pronged socket), a torque wrench a big F hammer!
    They're a piece of cake to do,(I've done 3 trucks in the last 12 months and they've all gone easy) but if you're not very mechanically minded or have never had your spindles off you'll also need a manual or a pal who has done it.
    I don't know of any write ups though, sorry.
    Don't be afraid of it though it's only a mornings work.
     
  3. dremu

    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    Do a search -- it has been covered and there are a coupla good writeups.

    You will need the big c-clamp-with-a-hole-in-the-end; Harbor Freight has some crappy ones, but

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=42236

    that one, #42236, is passable and hasn't broken on me, doing more axles and U-joints than I care to count.

    -- A
     
  4. Triaged

    Triaged 1/2 ton status

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    Learn and understand the term "balljoint preload".
     

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