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98 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4: going to change upper and lower ball joints

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I am going to change upper and lower ball joints 98 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4 want directions
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  Neal replied 4 years ago.

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Here you go, this should be what you need.

 

NOTE: The Steering Knuckle must first be removed before servicing the Ball Studs.

Steering Knuckle

Removal
1. Remove hub bearing and axle shaft.
2. Remove tie-rod or drag link end from the steering knuckle arm.
3. Remove the ABS sensor wire and bracket from knuckle.
4. Remove the cotter pin from the upper ball stud nut. Remove the upper and lower ball stud nuts.
5. Strike the steering knuckle with a brass hammer to loosen.
6. Remove knuckle from axle tube yokes.

Installation
1. Position the steering knuckle on the ball studs.
2. Install and tighten lower ball stud nut to 47 Nm (35 ft. lbs.) torque. Do not install cotter pin at this time.
3. Install and tighten upper ball stud nut to 94 Nm (70 ft. lbs.) torque. Advance nut to next slot to line up hole and install new cotter pin.
4. Retorque lower ball stud nut to 190 - 217 Nm (140 - 160 ft. lbs.) torque. Advance nut to next slot to line up hole and install new cotter pin.
5. Install the hub bearing and axle shaft.
6. Install tie-rod or drag link end onto the steering knuckle arm.
7. Install the ABS sensor wire and bracket to the knuckle.

Ball Stud

Removal
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1. Position tools as shown to remove upper ball stud.
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2. Position tools as shown to remove lower ball stud.

Installation
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1. Position tools as shown to install upper ball stud.
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2. Position tools as shown to install lower ball stud.

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