Ball joint torque specs?
About 6 weeks ago, I paid a shade-tree mechanic to install new ball joints upper and lower, both sides. A week later, I paid him to replace the center link. Truck felt great for a month, then last week the front end started squeaking and groaning very loudly while turning, and shaking my teeth at 70mph + highway speeds via the steering wheel.
After much looking and wheel turning, I finally found that a lower ball joint and one of the ends on the center link were looking a bit sloppy and were the cause of the noise.
Since I'm sure these parts are supposed to be seated, all I could do was tighten the nuts another 1/4 turn and re-pin. That has stopped the noise and the truck rides great again.
My question is, is there a certain amount of torque applied to seat these parts? The Haynes manual I have does not list torque specs. for the 2WD.
Thanks in advance for any responses.