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how to remove lower ball joints-2000 Dakota 4x4

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how to remove lower ball joints-2000 Dakota 4x4
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  brownjeff replied 8 years ago.

On this model if the ball joint is bad the lower control arm needs replaced as you can't just replace the ball joint.


I will attach information on the control arm.


If you still need help just reply, if not click ACCEPT when we are done.








  1. Raise and support the vehicle.
  2. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
  3. Remove front driveshaft, refer to Transmission and Drivetrain.
  4. Remove torsion bar.
  5. Remove shock absorber lower bolt.
  6. Remove stabilizer bar.

  1. Remove the cotter pin and nut from lower ball joint. Separate ball joint from the steering knuckle with Remover C-4150A.

  1. Remove suspension arm pivot bolts and suspension arm from frame rail brackets.
  2. Inspect lower ball joint seal and replace if damaged. Pry off old seal with screw driver if necessary.


  1. Install new lower ball joint seal by tapping on around the seal flange lightly with a hammer.
  2. Position the lower suspension arm at the frame rail brackets. Install the pivot bolts and nuts. Tighten the nuts finger-tight. CAUTION: The ball joint stud taper must be CLEAN and DRY before installing the knuckle. Clean the stud taper with mineral spirits to remove dirt and grease.
  3. Insert the ball joint into steering knuckle. Install and tighten the retaining nut to 183 Nm (135 ft. lbs.) and install a new cotter pin.
  4. Install the torsion bar.
  5. Install shock absorber lower bolt and tighten to 108 Nm (80 ft. lbs.) .
  6. Install the front driveshaft.
  7. Install the wheel and tire assembly.
  8. Remove support and lower the vehicle.
  9. Install the stabilizer bar.
  10. Tighten the lower suspension front pivot nut to 108 Nm (80 ft. lbs.) . Tighten rear pivot bolt to 190 Nm (140 ft. lbs.) .
  11. Adjust the front suspension height.


Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Do not have to replace whole control arm, I have already had ball joints (only) replaced once before.
Expert:  brownjeff replied 8 years ago.

They are not suppose to be replaced with out the arm.......if you do the same process is followed you would just press out the old one and install the new one.


Here is the information on inspecting....


NOTE: If the ball joint is equipped with a lubrication fitting, grease the joint then road test the vehicle before performing test.

  1. Raise the front of the vehicle. Place safety floor stands under both lower suspension arms as far outboard as possible. Lower the vehicle to allow the stands to support some or all of the vehicle weight. NOTE: The upper suspension arms must not contact the rebound bumpers.
  2. Remove the tire and wheel assemblies.
  3. Mount a dial indicator solidly to the underside of the lower suspension arm.
  4. Position indicator plunger against the bottom surface of the steering knuckle lower ball joint boss.

NOTE: The dial indicator plunger must be perpendicular to the machined surface of the steering knuckle lower ball joint boss.

  1. Position a pry bar over the top of the upper suspension arm and under the pivot bar of the upper suspension arm. Pry down on the upper suspension arm and then zero the dial indicator.
  2. Reposition the pry bar under the upper suspension arm and on top of the jounce/rebound bracket. Pry up on the upper suspension arm and record the dial indicator reading.
  3. If the travel exceeds 1.52 mm (0.060 inch) , replace the lower control arm.



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