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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-25-2005, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
 
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slight ball joint issue

Ok so my lower ball joint has just desided it was time to fail, so to make a long story short, my car in a parking lot in a place where tow trucks can't take it to get it repaired. So i will have to do this in a parking lot....

so other than a new lower ball joint what would i need to replace the thing without risking life and limb?


::sigh:: I have to fix it by may 3rd during finals week :-(
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You will need the entire lower control arm, which comes with a new ball joint and new bushings. To replace just the lower ball joint, you would have to press out the old one, and press in the new one.

The lower shock bolt can be a pain, so read up on old posts about that.

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"To replace just the lower ball joint, you would have to press out the old one, and press in the new one."

my dad bought a new ball joint and rented a press, thanks for the tips though
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"To replace just the lower ball joint, you would have to press out the old one, and press in the new one."

my dad bought a new ball joint and rented a press, thanks for the tips though
Keep this in mind;

1. You will have to remove the lower control arm to replace the ball joint.

2. You cannot buy the lower control arm to frame bushings separately, they are only sold with a new control arm, which comes with a new ball joint installed.

3. Dollar wise, since you already have the press, you will be saving money there, but losing the chance to replace the bushings.

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Steve is right on. Anyone who screws with the press is just wasting their time/money.
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Keep this in mind;

2. You cannot buy the lower control arm to frame bushings separately, they are only sold with a new control arm, which comes with a new ball joint installed.
I believe you're referring to the control arm to K member bushings. I bought a set of MOOG bushings from O'reiley (or howevur u spel it) It was one of those "mission critical weekends and I couldn't find the whole arm anywhere. I pressed them in along w/ new ball joints.

I agree, buy the whole arm if you can...


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For now...

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I believe you're referring to the control arm to K member bushings. I bought a set of MOOG bushings from O'reiley (or howevur u spel it) It was one of those "mission critical weekends and I couldn't find the whole arm anywhere. I pressed them in along w/ new ball joints.

I agree, buy the whole arm if you can...


You might wanna look at the date of the last post He probably already fixed it
4-25-05
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welcome to my world. I happened upon a situation like yours, but I was stuck in a parking lot with 1" of water when it was 32*F outside. My lower shock bolt was siezed into the lower control arm, and I broke 2 dang sockets. It was a great day.

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Thanks for the info that y'all gave me, I had no air tools so fixing the ball joints in a parking lot was a lost casue, so we got it towed.


"welcome to my world. I happened upon a situation like yours, but I was stuck in a parking lot with 1" of water when it was 32*F outside. My lower shock bolt was siezed into the lower control arm, and I broke 2 dang sockets. It was a great day."

That really sounds like it would be bad. I managed to go through 3 tow trunk companies until i found one that could help me out
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