Lower Ball Joints - How to Install???

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  1. Big T

    Big T Active Member

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    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?
     
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    btfarm Quarter Million Worth Staff Member

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    That's always the way I've done it. Maybe someone else has a better idea.
     
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    racer55 New Member

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    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.
     
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    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
     
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    OTC make a good tool as well.
     
  7. Big T

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    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.
     
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    Glad you got it. I've always used autozone's loan a tool.
     

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