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Nissan Ball Joints Problems

An automobile’s ball joints are an important part of the system. Ball joints are a part of the vehicle’s suspension that connects the control arms to the steering knuckles. A ball joint is made out of steel and consists of a bearing stud and socket that are all placed inside a casing. In most vehicles ball joints are placed in the front suspension. Nissan ball joints are made with top quality materials to ensure safety and increased performance of all Nissan vehicles.

Read below where Experts have answered questions on how to replace Nissan balls joints.

How do I change the lower ball joints on a 1993 Nissan Pathfinder?

To change the lower ball joints on a 1993 Nissan Pathfinder you need to first raise and support the front of the vehicle on jack stands and remove the wheels. You then need to remove the bolts attaching the axle shaft to the differential while the brake pedal is being depressed. After this take out the free running hub assembly with the brake pedal depressed and remove the brake caliper assembly without disconnecting the hydraulic brake line. Proceed to support or hang the brake caliper with a wire to avoid breaking the hose. Remove the tie rod ball joint after this.

Support the lower link with a jack and remove the nuts attaching the lower ball joint on the lower link. After this loosen the upper ball joint attaching bolts and remove the shock absorber lower attaching bolt. Cover the axle shaft boot with suitable protector and proceed to detach the axle shaft with the knuckle still attached. You then have to separate the axle shaft from the knuckle by removing the snap ring and lightly tapping the shaft with a rubber mallet.

How do I change the ball joints on a 1991 Nissan Maxima?

To change the ball joints on a Nissan Maxima you need to first remove the wheel. You then need to locate the three 17 mm nuts that are on the bottom of the ball joints. Remove the nuts and then remove the 19 mm nut that is on the top. Use a hammer to hit the side of the spindle where the ball joint sits and once the ball joint gets lose, remove the ball joint.

Why is my Nissan’s transverse link leaking oil from the ball joints and how do I replace them

Driving with your transverse link leaking oil from the ball joint is dangerous as it can break and cause you to lose control of your vehicle. You will need to replace both the ball joints. To remove the transverse link you need to first remove the hub and knuckle assembly. To remove the hub and knuckle assembly you need to raise and support the vehicle, remove wheel, and disconnect the wheel sensor rotor. After this you need to apply brakes and remove the axle nut. Remove the brake caliper and move the wire aside. Proceed to remove the rotor and the tie rod end from the steering wheel knuckle. Wrap shop rags around the axle shaft boots to prevent damage. Ensure that you keep the axle shaft straight at all times.

Separate the axle shaft from the hub by tapping on the end of the shaft with a plastic hammer. After this mark the position of the strut to the steering knuckle for reference during installation. Loosen the lower ball joint tightening nut. Separate the knuckle from the lower ball joint stud by using a pickle fork. Proceed to remove the knuckle from the transverse link, the strut from the lower mounting bolts and the hub and knuckle assembly.

Installation of the hub and knuckle assembly is in reverse order.

Over-steering and uneven tread wear are the two most common signs of front upper and lower ball joints failure. To keep your Nissan ball joints from malfunctioning, you need to keep your front suspension upper and lower ball joints well lubricated. To learn more about installing and replacing Nissan ball joints you can contact an Expert.
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