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Well, I needed to replace my upper control arm balljoints. I read some suggestions on what to do, but I really didn't see a detailed write-up, so I decided to document my journey. This is for the beginners, all others, just sit back and enjoy!

Btw, for all you jackasses that are going to say "I did it too, but I used (insert brain farts here) instead of (insert more brainfarts)." shut the hell up. I did it this way because it was easier for me. I just want to show people what they can do if they want. They can feel free to try their own techniques if they choose to do so.

This the car getting the balljoints changed. Mine!


These are the tools needed. You can pick up the pickle fork at yor local parts store. I borrowed this one from Vatozone for $17.00 which I get back upon return.



REAR BALLJOINTS


I started on the rear first. Raise the car and support it on jackstands. Take the wheels off.​





(A) Remove the cover that is protecting the bolt here, that is if you have the cover. Then remove the cotter pin going through the bolt. Unbolt the bolt with the 17mm socket.

(B) Loosen these bolts with the 17mm socket. Remove these once you are done with the next step only!

(C) Stick the pickle fork between here and then bang it in with the hammer. The rear took about three times of me taking it off and hammering it back in before it finally came apart.

This is what it looks like after the balljoint separates.





(A) This is the new balljoint installed.

(B) Tighten these bolts with the 17mm socket.

(C) Tighten the bolt here with the 17mm socket. Replace the cotter pin. Finally replace the cover that was here, again, if you have it/had it.


FRONT BALLJOINTS


Raise the front of the car. Support it with jackstands. Remove wheels.​







(A) Remove the cover for the front by removing these bolts with the 10mm socket.

(B) Remove the cotter pin from this bolt. Then use the 17mm socket here to unbolt the bolt.

(C) Stick the pickle fork between here and then bang it in with the hammer. The front took a couple of bangs. I didn't need to keep taking it out and putting it back in.

This is what it looks like separated.


(A) Remove the bolts here with the 17mm socket and remove the balljoint assembly.



(A) This is the new balljoint installed.

(B) Tighten these bolts with the 17mm socket.

(C) Tighten the bolt here with the 17mm socket. Replace the cotter pin.

(D) Finally replace the cover and tighten the cover bolts with the 10mm socket.

That is all there is to it. Easy even for the beginners or the ones that aren't mechanically inclined. Straight forward and to the point. Btw, if you have the stock control arms, make sure you get an alignment as soon as you get a chance.

Holla back!
 

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Very good. I don't see why anybody would have a beef with anything you did here. I don't think pickle forks are good if you're reusing the old ball joint, which you're not, but I'm sure everybody knows that...

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I did this repair too.
I know it's old, but this is related: Any debate whether to use cotter pin w/ castle nut vs. nylon lock nut?
 
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