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Old 02-19-2010, 11:56 AM
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grr... noob question on upper ball joints

So there I am happily wrenching away, getting the rig ready for new shocks and ball joints... then I run into the first obstacle.


The circled part looks like it needs a special tool to remove it, which I don't have. And before I go stumbling into the parts store looking dazed and confused...

What sort of tool do I need?

And while I'm at it, are there any tips for removing these ball joints that are different from newer vehicles?

I've done this before on a 2000 Dodge Dakota, and those were riveted on. I see how these attach and it looks pretty straightforward, but... we know where assuming gets us.
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Old 02-19-2010, 01:05 PM
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So there I am happily wrenching away, getting the rig ready for new shocks and ball joints... then I run into the first obstacle.


The circled part looks like it needs a special tool to remove it, which I don't have. And before I go stumbling into the parts store looking dazed and confused...

What sort of tool do I need?

And while I'm at it, are there any tips for removing these ball joints that are different from newer vehicles?

I've done this before on a 2000 Dodge Dakota, and those were riveted on. I see how these attach and it looks pretty straightforward, but... we know where assuming gets us.

The tool you are looking for is called a balljoint spanner wrench and a pic of it can be found here; http://www.matcotools.com/Catalog/to...select=&page=1

The ball joints are pressed in and you will need a ball joint press tool, you can rent one at the typical mcparts store. Where you will more then likely find the spanner wrench as well.
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Old 02-19-2010, 01:37 PM
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Parts store will have the adjuster socket you need.
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Old 02-19-2010, 02:06 PM
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Many thanks fellas. Off I go!
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