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Steering Knuckle Ball Studs

Discussion in '1969-1972 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by cleszkie, Dec 27, 2001.

  1. cleszkie

    cleszkie 1/2 ton status

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    I've noticed that I have a bit of play in the steering knuckle ball studs on the drivers side. Can anyone tell me how difficult a job it is to replace these? If anyone has had these redone at a shop, what did it cost ya? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Triaged

    Triaged 1/2 ton status

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    You have to take everything off of that side of the front end (hub/rotor, spindle, axleshaft, etc...) to get the knuckle off. Than have the old ball-joints pressed out and new ones pressed in. Than you have to try and find the adjuster sleeve spanner socket (I just made one out of a socket) and a 1-5/16 socket (it is a 3/4" drive and is not a common tool to have).

    Any more questions just ask.

    '71 Blazer CST w/ a 400sbc, 4" lift, 36" Supper Swampers, and alot of rust
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  3. codagoshi

    codagoshi Registered Member

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    Before you start your project of replacing the steering knuckle studs, try to find some replacement studs, and sleeves first. GM does not list the studs in their parts catalog, and none of my local junkyards had any. I finally found three at a local garage.

    Jim Riley
    72 CST Blazer 4x4
     

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