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Replacing Ball Joints. Do It Myself??

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Old 05-18-2009, 01:05 PM
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I went to a mechanic/muffler shop today, because I've been having some numerous problems. He replaced my muffler, cause it was cracked and rattling in the back. I described my turning and squealing problem, and said it was the ball joints. I told him I can fix somethings myself, but he said there was no way I could that myself. It takes a special press, and a rivet gun. I peaked my head under there, and they sure are bad. I haven't check my Chilton's book yet, but I can't imagine it being something impossible, once I buy the right tools. What do you say? Thanks.

I forgot to mention, I have a 2001 Ram 1500, 2WD.
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Old 05-18-2009, 01:13 PM
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New ball joints come with bolts. So, just grind the heads off the rivets and hammer out the remaining part and bolt on the new ones. Go to your local autoparts store or Autozone and rent the tool to pop the ball joint stud out of the spindle.
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Old 05-18-2009, 01:31 PM
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Old 05-18-2009, 02:55 PM
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haha, i love mechanics that say you cant do certain jobs because you need tools like a balljoint press and a rivet gun.... like they are some sort of crazy specialized tool that only certain mechanics can get a hold of. do this yourself, save the money.
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Old 05-18-2009, 06:30 PM
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mine were not that bad but mine is a 95 and you a 01 with rivets

if you get a loan tool get it from adavance auto if you can it has all the right cups,,

here's mine but it on a 95 so, take it with a gain of salt
http://dodgeforum.com/forum/2nd-gen-...placement.html
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Old 05-18-2009, 06:38 PM
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There was a thread about this not to long ago. Some people are able to use that dam fork think but not alot. Some people use a torch to heat em up and then go at it, the heat breaks alot easier. Or do what i did and take a dam grinder to it.
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New ball joints come with bolts. So, just grind the heads off the rivets and hammer out the remaining part and bolt on the new ones. Go to your local autoparts store or Autozone and rent the tool to pop the ball joint stud out of the spindle.
Yep exactly. I've never done the ones on the Ram but did some on a Chevy Caprice and they were pretty easy. They took time but weren't hard at all. You don't need a rivet gun or anything like that.

You do however, need a special press. I got one pretty cheap from Harbor Freight but it's my understanding it doesn't have the size attachment needed to use on the Rams. However, Autozone and I think Advance Auto rent the presses out. That route is probably cheaper than the Harbor Freight one. I just wanted to own the press.

It's not a impossible job at all and plenty of people do them themselves. That guy at the shop just wanted your money.

BTW you will also need a pickle fork. Not sure if they rent those or not but they are really cheap. On the Chevy I did I saved a ton of money by doing it myself. I paid a shop to do it on my truck but wish I had done them myself.
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I bought a Ball Joint pickle fork from AutoZone for under $20.
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Okay, my brother has a grinder he will let me borrow. I just got the ball joints from oreilly's, and some grease (bro has a grease gun too). I still don't understand what the pickle fork is for though--to disconnect the old ball joint from the spindle? It doesn't just come off?

Thanks a bunch for the help!
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[QUOTE=cosmorphis;1671861I still don't understand what the pickle fork is for though--to disconnect the old ball joint from the spindle? It doesn't just come off?

Thanks a bunch for the help![/QUOTE]


yep!!! back the ball joint nut of a little, stick in fork hit it lose, jack up lower c-arm undo nut then lower the c-arm,
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Well its not that hard, to be honest I did it today. Took about 5 hours or so, I did all 4, the uppers and lowers. Only special tools I used was the ball joint press. I got mine from harbor freight, it does not have the exact sizes need but if you purchase the master kit from them also it has everything you need to finish the kit.

Here is a quick run through of the order I did.

- Remove tires
- Remover brake calipers, bracket, and rotors
- Remover wheelbearings/axleshaft ( Its easier to remove the whole assy rather than disconnecting the shaft from the bearing. A quick way to to do this is to remove the 3 bolts, thread the one on the back aft side a few turns in and then place a bolt or something between bolt and the axle housing, turn on the engine and turn the wheel till the wheel bearing pops.)
- Remove drag link tierod end
- Remove the spindle nuts and beat the spindle down. Use heat if needed with some PB Blaster.
- Remove ball joint (I used alot of heat and PB Blaster and pressed them out)

Reinstall in opposite order, fairly easy just time consuming. OPPS just realized your 2wd, still shouldnt bee to bad just dont have to worry about axleshafts.
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One thing you will need is a an alignment when you are done btw.

As for grinding the rivets off I tried that but found the air hammer to work better. However, either would work if you had to make it work.
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I just replaced the track bar on my truck yesterday, and autozone rented me a pickle fork for $10.
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Wow! Thanks for the picture. That explains it!
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Im experiencing creaking and squeaking when I turn the wheel and when the truck bounces over any little bump in the road. Is this a ball joint problem as well? Its a 2003 Ram 1500 quad cab 4wd 4.7 V8
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One thing you will need is a an alignment when you are done btw.
After replacing ball joints? That's a new one on me.
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they say anytime you do front end suspension work done that you should always recheck alignment. But I think I heard that from a mechanic, so take that for what its worth.
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Im experiencing creaking and squeaking when I turn the wheel and when the truck bounces over any little bump in the road. Is this a ball joint problem as well? Its a 2003 Ram 1500 quad cab 4wd 4.7 V8
its a possibility there is a few things in the front that can make noise jack up the truck or sit next to it while someone turns the wheel shouldnt be hard to figure out the culprit
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Its a walk in the park, DIY AUTOZONE UUUGHH I hate that name and their stores...
They do have a loan a tool program where you can rent a ball joint press to remove the joints WITHOUT removing the a-arms, does not take special tools aside from that. I have done it in less than 30 minutes. best part is no alignment necessary unless your alignment is already out of wack... hope this helps
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You dont need to remove the A-arms. It doesnt matter what press you use (except for a shop press).
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