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changing ball joints..

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by k5floyd, Feb 3, 2007.

  1. k5floyd

    k5floyd 1/2 ton status

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    im going to change out the ball joints on my 10b. i know im going to need a ball joint press and will get that very soon. i know i can do it ive just never done them before. it looks like you got to take a lot apart to get to them. so my question is what all do i need to take off to get to them? any other tips? thanks.
     
  2. goldwing2000

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    You have to take everything off all the way down to the axle housing.

    In addition to the press, you'll need the spanner socket to set ball joint preload, a wheel bearing nut socket and a 1 5/16" socket for the nut on the top joint.

    Other than that, all you need is regular hand tools (but air tools help a lot) and some patience.

    Oh, and you'll probably need a dead blow hammer or a hunk of hardwood to get the spindles off.

    Might want to change your axle joints while you're in there.

    I had a web site bookmarked with the procedure all spelled out but I think it's on my work computer. :doah:
     
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    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    Use the search button -- you paid for it =))

    http://coloradok5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=197818

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    ok so i cannot find the spanner socket anywhere. well i havnt tried matco or any of the other tool companies but i wouldnt get it this weekend wich is what i need. my intructors at school did not have it, and our tool room did not have it. i tried oreillys and they didnt know anything about the adjusting sleeve or the spanner. i stopped by my work and only a few guys knew anything about the adjusting sleeve and nobody had the socket either, i also checked our tool room and had no luck. if i cannot find this spanner socket this weekend, i will try matco or another tool manufacturer. so anybody have an idea where i can find this spanner socket this weekend? that is all that is holding me up right now.
     
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    OTC 2080

    http://www.otctools.com/products/detail.php?id=2295

    NAPA has them, for instance. Or, if you're clever, you can make one with a grinder and the appropriate OD socket. I had better luck buying one :doah:

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    Do a search on ebay for BALL JOINT SOCKET/SPANNER

    There's a bunch on there. It's where I got mine too.
     
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    we dont have a napa around here, that i know of, but i guess i will look up the closest one. other than that i guess i will just have to wait on it. thanks.
     
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    I got mine from snap-on. pricey but I will have it forever. I have used it at least as many times as dollars I spent on it.

    there is a guy liquidating a snap-on truck on Ebay. check there.
     
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    Have you tried THIS (click) to see if it has the socket you need?

    In case the link doesn't work. The part number is T75819
     
  11. goldwing2000

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    I got mine from a local auto parts store that carries OTC tools. Call around.
     
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    Doesn't one of the ball joint nuts require a pretty big socket? Like 1-5/16" but maybe I'm remembering wrong.

    Ditto on the ebay source for spanner sockets. I've run across them there.

    I just took my knuckles to a mechanic to press the joints out. It was $40 for both IIRC.
     
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    yes.

    I use a combination wrench, that way I can beat on it with a hammer. poor mans impact. I don't have a socket that big.
     
  14. goldwing2000

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    Yep. Go back and read post #2.

    I bought the socket from Sears but it was 3/4" drive, so I also had to get a 1/2-3/4 adapter.

    You can borrow a ball joint press for free from Autozone and save yourself $40.
     

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