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lower and upper ball joint torque specs for mounting bolts

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lower and upper ball joint torque specs for mounting bolts and ball joint nut. 1996 jimmy4x4
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
what are the numbers in brackets...and the ball joint to control arm bolts and nuts are the same for uppers and lowers...

The numbers in the brackets refer to the number of the footnotes below the box...


The bolt specs are the same for the upper and lower ball joints...


Thanks, Carguyjosh

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
can you tell me which ones to replace or start with first uppers or lowers...i need to replace all 4, thank you for your help, i will accept...

If its a question of which is most important for safety, I would recommend the lowers first if $ is tight...

If $ is not the issue, it is easiest to do both at the same time that way you don't have to repeat the same steps.

Thanks, Carguyjosh

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
sorry i didn't say it clear enough i guess, i do have them all i wantd to know does it matter which one i start with in the removal procedure, upper first or lower first or does it not matter since i'm replacing both

You have to start by releasing the upper joint from the steering knuckle and then just work your way down....


You will need to remove the large nut of the axle shaft to allow the axle to be pushed out of the wheel bearing to allow replacement of the lower joint.

Thanks, Carguyjosh

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
does the driveaxle have to be removed to or just the nut, last question, -thank you for all your help im starting the project tomorrow....

The axle doesn't have to be removed but it will need to be pushed out of the wheel bearing to gain access to the lower ball joint.

Once you start tearing it apart, it will all make sense...


Thanks, Carguyjosh

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
sorry this will be the final queston, does tie rod end need to be removed from nuckle also.. i do have a haynes manual too, so it shouldn't be to bad of a job, they've been replaced once so no damn rivets to deal with.. thanx again for the great tips, c ya

The tie rod doesn't have to be removed and it really not a bad job. I would expect about 4 hours worth of work to do both sides.


Thanks Carguyjosh

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
thank you

no problem....


Thanks, Carguyjosh

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
how do i get the driveaxle back far enough to get my torque wrench on the ball joint nut.....

The way that I do it is through a swivel and extension....

Thanks, Carguyjosh

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
the socket seems to be to long once on the wrench, how far should the axle move in...

The axle will only move in move in about 3/4-1 inch. If you place your floor jack under the lower control arm will it allow enough room for your socket to fit in?


Customer: replied 7 years ago.
unsure, done for the night.. so what your saying is to jack the control arm up a little..wouldnt the axle move with the control arm....

when i started the joc i shut the truck off in 4x4 to hold the axle while i took the nut off, would shutting off 4x4 help and spinning the axle do anything

Its not that the axle wouldn't also move, But the angle may change enough to allow you to get in there with your socket...


Spinning the axle won't help on this one...


If you have to, using the box end of a wrench and getting it good and tight by hand will also work..

If thats all thats holding you up, I'd just grab a wrench...



Customer: replied 7 years ago.
not sure how tight to put it, i put it on with an open end wrench until i could see the hole for the cotterpin, but it just doesn't seem tight enough....

If you don't feel thats it tight enough, just turn it to the next hole...You won't strip it out...



Customer: replied 7 years ago.
so torquing don't matter, it just seems it would turn a few more turns til its tight.. but the hole is already lined up...

how do i replace the stabilizer links, the old ones dont seem to have a nut on top...

Just be sure that its tight, thats all that really matters....


As far as the links go, the top should be the head of the bolt..Just hold it with vise grips and take the nut off and remove the bolt from the link...

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
should i grease the balljoint after installation or when the truck is sitting on wheels with pressure..How do i know when they are full..

You can grease everything before you put the wheels back on...You will see grease starting to come out of the rubber boots when full...


Thanks, Carguyjosh

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
the lower ball joints----The axle will move back far enough to take the old ball joint out
didn't you replace both upper and lower at the same time?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
remove and installed upper first, didnt do lower yet, i was once the top was done

I just always do them at the same time with the upper already removed...You will have to undo the upper to allow enough room to tip the knuckle down and wiggle it off of the axle and stud of the lower ball joint...


Then you have enough room to remove the lower...

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
thankyou glad i didnt tighten the main nut yet on the upper....are you supposed to release tension on the torsion bar, as i did not..

No, do not release the tension on the torsion bar...There is no need and you don't want to loose your ride height....


Thanks, Carguyjosh

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
thanks again for everything josh, your a great help, i feel more confident now, i just wish i could get my darn torque wrench on that upper so i could feel better/safer when i'm driving...take care....thank you

No problem, Have a great night....


Don't worry, just get the nut tight and it won't go anywhere...


Thanks, Carguyjosh

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
those haynes manuals tell you to do alot more procedures, glad i talked with you before i started the job today, it is simple i have take the link bolts off with the control arm supported or it does not matter
It doesn't matter...
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
great, good night!! Thanx Tom
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
hey do you have to have the vehicle running to bleed front calipers, and do you need to open bleeder before someone pushes pedal down or after it is pressed down..
1996 jimmy 4x4

You do not need to have it running, You can have someone pump up the brake pedal and open the bleeder while they are holding down on the pedal. When it sinks all the way down, close the bleeder and then they can lift there foot up.


Repeat process until no more air comes out of the bleeder....



Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Hey how are ya again.. Hey can a 2001 grand caravan pass a safety check with a worn out front strut and mount on one side, in Welland, Ontario Canada... Thankyou

I can tell you here in NY as long as the components are not loose and flopping around, it will pass just fine. I would imagine that it is the same for you. So many items that are wearing are to open to just someones opinion of how severe the wear is that they can not fail inspection on that persons opinion....


Thanks, Josh