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HOW DO I GET MY BALLJOINTS OUT?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by purple89jimmy, Oct 8, 2001.

  1. purple89jimmy

    purple89jimmy Registered Member

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    It looks like I would have to get the axle out first. Do I have to take apart the U-joint and then press the balljoint through? Please help they are in really bad shape.
     
  2. jimmyjack

    jimmyjack 1/2 ton status

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    Once you remove the whole hub system you can pull the axle out with no problem. I pulled my diff cover off but thats not nescessary. Once you get the brake rotor off it will become a little more clear how to remove the rest of the hub assembly. Remove your axles by pulling them staight out. Then take your tie rod and steering arm(pitman) off. Then remove the nuts that hold the ball joints in place. Then take a big hammer and beat the living snot out of the ball joints stud. Hopefully they will release the knuckle from the axle housing. I removed my balljoints by myself. Don't do it. I looked like a 3 legged monkey screwing a football. Take the knuckles to a machine shop. It's a small price to pay to keep your sanity. I paid 10 bucks to have mine pressed in. Then reverse the procedure to reinstall them.

    That jeep thing? Yah I understand it....... Like my Blazer? <a target="_blank" href=http://community.webshots.com/user/blazerk5>http://community.webshots.com/user/blazerk5</a>
    Jim
     
  3. MTPockets

    MTPockets 1/2 ton status

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    first, get the book! gotta have the manual man, it is just good to have on hand, if only for reference.

    i have done this three times over the last two years. first time because they needed to be replaced, second time because i ripped a knuckle off the k5, and last time for the x-over conversion. bought the lifetime replacements. :)

    gotta tear down the front end; hubs, rotors, axles, steering knuckles must be removed. not a big deal, you can do it in the driveway with the right tools. borrow a ball joint press and youre on your way.
    good luck,
    MTPockets


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  4. jimmyjack

    jimmyjack 1/2 ton status

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    Yeh, kinda like MTPockets says! Just tear it down. I went in totally blind, never done it it before. I made some mistakes, did things I didnt need to do, things I should've done earlier so a book would definately help. It's not really hard to do. Just keep all your stuff in order and don't scatter it when you crawl out from under your truck. You will need a special socket to remove and install the adjusting sleeves. I was able to borrow mine. I dunno where the hell you can buy one. If you need any help shoot me an email or PM I'll try to remember how I did mine.

    That jeep thing? Yah I understand it....... Like my Blazer? <a target="_blank" href=http://community.webshots.com/user/blazerk5>http://community.webshots.com/user/blazerk5</a>
    Jim
     
  5. 84_Chevy_K10

    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

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    Get this guys--I took my whole axle to the shop in one piece before I put it in. I'd stripped it down to the knuckles, but I didn't try seperating the balljoints. Took it to the shop, dropped it off, came back a few hours later....$25 and I had 4 brand new balljoints. It just doesn't get any easier than that.

    Tim
    '84 Chevy K10, lifted, loud, fast, and 3/4 ton axles
     
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    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

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    Get this guys--I took my whole axle to the shop in one piece before I put it in. I'd stripped it down to the knuckles, but I didn't try seperating the balljoints. Took it to the shop, dropped it off, came back a few hours later....$25 and I had 4 brand new balljoints. It just doesn't get any easier than that. I bought the parts though.

    Tim
    '84 Chevy K10, lifted, loud, fast, and 3/4 ton axles
     
  7. Espen88k5

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    Link to 21 pic's of balljoint changing: http://www.nashvillek5.freeservers.com/balljoints.htm print it out and have it with you.

    Write upp is coming.



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    ftn96 1/2 ton status

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    [​IMG] Espen I liked the pics. But I couldn't understand all the language. [​IMG]
    Hopefully the masterfull Fox will be able to put all that together and construct a good write up. Im not the best wirter in the world but I think its pretty much to the point and easy to read.

    Surgeon General's Warning:
    Viagra and steroids may be harmful to your spouse![​IMG]
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