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Upper ball joint R&R
Posted by Saabboy [Email] (more from Saabboy) on Sun, 19 Mar 2017 15:11:02
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Hi. For ball joint R&R I read the Townsend method and I also have a shop manual that does differ on the procedure. Mine is upper right front. The spacer is a must, but Townsend talks about pulling the spindle away from the control arm and then removing the BJ from the top of the spindle. But that means pulling the spindle out from the axle. I would prefer not to do that.

The shop manual says to use a ball joint press/remover (not a fork) and remove the BJ first from spindle and then remove the BJ from the upper control arm. If it is sticking, you can put the BJ loosely in the spindle and then whack or pry a bit to get the BJ to slip from the control arm, but that will not involve disconnecting the spindle from the axle. Nothing i the shop manual about that at all.

Thoughts? The other thing is do NOT remove the bolt where the spring sits on the pivot that attaches to the control arm. That pivot connection also sits on the control arm on the outside and the same bolts for the BJ also go through that pivot connection, but i presume that it is welded or something to the control arm--I don't want to remove the two bolts for the BJ and then have the pivot thing the spring sits on slide down/off the control arm or whatever. !?

Any direction here would be much appreciated. Thanks!!

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