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Lower Ball Joints - How to Install???

Discussion in 'GM 6.5 Diesel Engines' started by Big T, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. Big T

    Big T Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2009
    Fullerton, CA
    My lower ball joints have been in the freezer for at least two weeks while I rounded up the rest of the parts. Now I'm ready to intall. These are the press in ball joints.

    Is there any installation order between lower vs upper?

    Do I just use a jack to press in the lower ball joints in against the weight of the truck, then install the steering knuckle? Or do I install the lower ball joints on the knuckle, then jack that up into the lower arm?
  2. btfarm

    btfarm 300,000 Worth Staff Member Moderator

    May 12, 2008
    Sandwich, Illinois
    That's always the way I've done it. Maybe someone else has a better idea.
  3. ak diesel driver

    ak diesel driver 6.5 driver

    Feb 7, 2009
  4. racer55

    racer55 Member

    Jul 12, 2010
    Ontario Canada
    Most tool stores/trucks have a ball joint press kit available as well as some rental places.The kit has the proper spacers to prevent damage when removing/installing balljoints.
    The tool also doubles as a U-joint remover/installer.
  5. jrsavoie

    jrsavoie Recruit

    May 8, 2008
    Rural Clifton, Illinois
    For ball joints the Snap on press is awesome. Makes the other presses look like weenies. A little pricy though about $200 on Ebay for a used kit
  6. racer55

    racer55 Member

    Jul 12, 2010
    Ontario Canada
    OTC make a good tool as well.
  7. Big T

    Big T Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2009
    Fullerton, CA
    I did the low tech thing. 27mm impact socket over the stud. Jacked it up and then beat the arm down on it with a 3 lb hammer. The boot was a bitch. Used a 36mm socket over it and jacked that into place.
  8. fastjohnny

    fastjohnny Member

    Oct 26, 2008
    SW Michigan
    Glad you got it. I've always used autozone's loan a tool.

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