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D44 Ball joints

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by pitviper, Feb 11, 2005.

  1. pitviper

    pitviper Newbie

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    Alright I'm tinkering with my truck and I come to find that I have grenaded my pass. side axle shaft and u-joint. No biggy, I can fix that what I need to know is, is the lower ball joint supposed to be positioned with the nut and stud facing up or down. I hope someone knows what I'm talking about beause it looks like that is what ate the u-joint and shaft.
     
  2. mr_clean

    mr_clean 1/2 ton status

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    Both studs should be pointing up.
     
  3. keep your nuts up!

    why dont you just look at the otherside
     
  4. divorced

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    Yep, nuts up! It is possible that if your u-joint was worn that it was the cause of the failure. Worn parts and abuse cause most failures that I have experienced. I run a D44 and 38's with no problems.
     
  5. pitviper

    pitviper Newbie

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    ok, yeah I guess I could have looked at the other side I never thought about it though. Now my problem is getting the steering knuckle off, what do I need to get those ball joints out of there so I can get my shaft, well shafts now, out of there.
     
  6. mr_clean

    mr_clean 1/2 ton status

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    I could be wrong, but I don't think you need to remove the knuckles to get the axles out. I just re-did my D44 last year and I don't think the knuckles had to be removed. Matter of fact I think you need the axles out to torque the lower ball joint nut...

    As for removing the knuckle, I used a pickle fork. It destroyed my old ball joints, but I was replacing them anyway.

    Scott
     
  7. spearchucker

    spearchucker 1/2 ton status

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    This should help you out.
     

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