Mud in my Veins
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Memphis, TN
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Re: All right, here\'s another one........balljoints
Yeah, you've gotta go thru the spindle to get axleshaft out so the knuckle will drop so you can get the balljoints out. (Simple, eh?) So plan on at least checking & servicing, if not replacing, everything along the way. And it takes a special tool to remove & install them (looks like a 6x6" clamp), but you can usually borrow it from the parts store. If it's at all possible, I'd recommend getting polyurethane boots from Energy, Daystar, etc. for the ball joints and tie rod ends - it would take 8 pieces for everything. Each of the 4 pieces of steering linkage is replaced as a unit (not just the ball-stud), but they're only about $30 ea. I would just replace those needle bearings - they're only $8 ea. And, you're right about the wheel seals, too. Remember, the locking hubs should NOT be packed with grease.
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