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question about replacing front lower ball joints by blacknblue
Started on: 09-16-2013 09:21 PM
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Last post by: Patrick on 09-17-2013 06:00 PM
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Report this Post09-16-2013 09:21 PM Click Here to See the Profile for blacknblueSend a Private Message to blacknblueEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
So, this might be a dumb question, but Haynes/Chiltons and Pontiac service manual seem to say that I'm not going to change a front lower ball joint on my 87 duke...
Looks to me like they're all saying to change the entire lower control arm. I'm sure I've seen a topic inluding replacing the front lowers somewhere, or is it a better idea to just change the whole arm? Sorry I'm not much of a suspension guy
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Report this Post09-17-2013 04:09 AM Click Here to See the Profile for jb1Click Here to Email jb1Send a Private Message to jb1Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
rent a ball joint press from autozone , press ball joint out the bottom..

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Report this Post09-17-2013 08:49 AM Click Here to See the Profile for TONY_CSend a Private Message to TONY_CEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
You cannot buy a new A arm/ball joint assembly. You have to press the old one out. Look closely because I have had some that were tack welded in on the underside of the A arm. If so, you have to grind/chisel the weld bead off first.
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There is a good write up in the “FAQ’s and How to” section:

http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum9/HTML/000007.html

I just purchased some from Rodney and replaced mine.

The only additional note I can add is the ball joint press is designed to crank from the bottom when removing the ball joints. If you are up on jackstands in the garage like I was there isn’t enough clearance for the “screw in” section of the ball joint to press because it will hit the floor. I had to put a spark plug socket on top of the old ball joint to press it out and have the “screw in” section of the ball joint press at the top.
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Report this Post09-17-2013 05:22 PM Click Here to See the Profile for blacknblueSend a Private Message to blacknblueEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
are the ones from Rodney better than Auto Zone or some other supplier?
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Originally posted by blacknblue:

are the ones from Rodney better than Auto Zone or some other supplier?


They better be. I just replaced all four front ball joints in my '88 Formula with units from Rodney, as reported Here.

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