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Changing upper ball joint

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 6:11 pm
by rinaldo
Here's a little 4 step how to about changing upper ball joint

Step 1: Remove circlip with the dust boot

Step 2: Hammer the joint out with a metal pipe

Step 3: Place the new ball joint in the upper arm and hammer it in. Make sure to follow the marks. The marks are stamped in the metal (illustrated in red)

Step 4: Reinstall circlip and dustboot

This UCA has pretty much lived its life. But for the tutorial it's alright. I hope this tutorial helps someone.

Re: Changing upper ball joint

PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 2:27 pm
by zloetakoe
Excellent. I found it easier to just but the entire upper control arm that had the upper ball joint included. AND on mine the upper ball joint was welded to the control arm, would have been very difficult to get the ball joint out of there. If I recall correctly, the entire upper arm WITH the ball joint wasn't much more money. If I remember it was 40 to get the ball joint or around 40 to get the entire assembly. (probably the individual ball joint would be higher quality?)

Also, I tried to get the old control arms off without removing the damper fork. Couldn't do it. Just remove the damper fork. It is held on with 2 bolts, only takes 2-3 minutes and will save you a lot of headache.