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ok, new problem - D60 lower ball-joit

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by KRAZIE87K5, Nov 28, 2001.

  1. KRAZIE87K5

    KRAZIE87K5 1/2 ton status

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    The passenger side lower ball joint is dropping when I jack up that side.... whats the deal???

    I just did the crossover... installed the spacer inside the new pitman arm, and put the cap on top, with the sping inside. Greased her up, but now this? What can I do?

    Thanks again all! (the wife fixed my caps problem)

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  2. michaelm

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    where did you source your steering arm (pitman is on the steering box)?

    sounds different then any I have seen. perhaps the spacer isnt the correct size, it should equal the thickness of the arm by the description you give. a picture or 2 would be handy here
     
  3. KRAZIE87K5

    KRAZIE87K5 1/2 ton status

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    yes the spacer is the same thickness as the arm which I got from http://24.10.209.54/images/crossover/crossover.jpg

    <a target="_blank" href=http://24.10.209.54/images/crossover/crossover1.jpg>http://24.10.209.54/images/crossover/crossover1.jpg</a>

    What do you think I should do?

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  4. michaelm

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    i would pull it apart again to ensure that the spacer is in fact in there, and that the nylon cone and spring are in good health.
    I wouldnt drive it until you find out why it is doing that.
     
  5. michaelm

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    perhaps the spacer is catching on the top of the knuckle and not allowing the spring to do its job? grasping here
     
  6. thatK30guy

    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    Notice he said "lower ball joint". I would say the roller bearing on the bottom part of the knuckle could be bad. Or even the cap with the pin that holds the bearing in place on the bottom of the knuckle could wear a groove in it from a faulty bearing.

    Dan, just take the bottom cap out and inspect the bearing and pin.


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  7. michaelm

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    reply to him if you think you can help
     
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    Oh, my bad! I just hit the last "reply". I'm sorry man! [​IMG]


    I'm not picking my nose...I'm just pointing at my brain!! [​IMG]

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  9. KRAZIE87K5

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    does anyone have a blown out pic of the guts on this thing? I know it should be simple enough, but Im a graphic kinda guy...

    If anyone has a pic of this, it would seriously rock!

    Should I really not drive it? (I KNOW that sounds like a stupid question) but I cant work on it again til next monday. and if i cant drive til then, im gonna be on serious blazer withdrawl.

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  10. KRAZIE87K5

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    again sounding stupid (thats twice today) [​IMG], there is a bearing inside the lower cap?

    Will I need any special tools t R&amp;R this bearing? is it pressed? If so, is it pressed into the cap, or the knuckle itself?

    Geeeez... I will know this truck inside out yet, WONT I? [​IMG][​IMG]


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  11. cegusman

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    Who makes the coil over steering stablizer you have on your truck?

    Houston, TX
     
  12. KRAZIE87K5

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    TrailMaster PN - 57201

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  13. thatK30guy

    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    Dan, there is a taper roller bearing down there. In order to get the bottom cap off, you gotta pry it out. If you can find some kind of puller tool to get it out, great, but if not, carefully use a flat punch and tap on two ends of it back and forth until the cap comes loose.
    Then you can just pull the cap off and the bearing should come off with it. Simply slide the bearing off and check everything.
    The bottom cap is not just any cap. It has the "pin" sticking out of it and thats what holds the bearing in place and allows it to spin (turn for steering).
    I have heard of these caps going bad and bearings too, if they have not been greased. There is a zerk fitting on the bottom of the cap for the grease.
    If the bearing is bad, simply replace that. If the pin on the cap shows signs of wear, you will need to replace that cap for a used or new one. At the same time, I would install a new bearing with the replacement cap.
    While you are checking all this, check out the upper king pin bushings, springs, king pins, and seals.
    If the plastic bushing is broken or cracked, now is the time to replace it for a new one.
    You may as well replace what you can while everything is off and easy to get to. [​IMG]


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  14. 502Burban

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    Dan,

    I just scanned in an exploded parts illustration for the Dana 60 front end for you. It will take about a 1/2-hour for it to go public, but you will be able to find it on my Webshots page at the link below my name when it goes live.

    I know nothing about these axles, myself, but as far as I can tell Wes (ThatK30Guy) is the guru on these things. Hope the pics help.

    Good luck,

    Robb
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  15. michaelm

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    as the lower bearing does nothing to hold the knuckle up...I would continue to work on the upper where you have recently been playing

    <a target="_blank" href=http://www.gohumvee.com/images/Tech/Dana%2060%20HTML/index.html>online dana 60 manual</a>
     
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    What was the cost on the coilover stablizer?

    Houston, TX
     
  17. KRAZIE87K5

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    I bought it from <a target="_blank" href=http://rockymountainsusp.com>rockymountainsusp.com</a> They had it to my door for $86...

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  18. KRAZIE87K5

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    Robb-

    Thanks for the scanned image, I'll check that out once it posts.

    The question remains - to drive or not to drive the truck... ?

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