How Easy is Replacing 4WD Ball-Joints? - DodgeForum.com



2nd Gen Ram Tech 1994-2001 Rams: This section is for TECHNICAL discussions only, that involve the 1994 through 2001 Rams. For any non-tech discussions, please direct your attention to the "General discussion/NON-tech" sub sections.

How Easy is Replacing 4WD Ball-Joints?

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 10-03-2011, 01:47 PM
Mudshack's Avatar
Mudshack Mudshack is offline
Veteran
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Lee's Summit, MO (KC)
Posts: 382
Default How Easy is Replacing 4WD Ball-Joints?

Anyone have a link to replacing the ball joints on a 4WD?

I have never replaced ball joints. But my local "trusted" shop wants $338 to do the upper and lower passenger side ball joints. I have seen on here directions on how to do 2WD ball joints. But haven 't come across replacing 4WD ball joints on here yet.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 10-03-2011, 01:55 PM
Wh1t3NuKle's Avatar
Wh1t3NuKle Wh1t3NuKle is offline
Champion
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Vehicle: 1-Ton '00 ORE Ram 5.9L 4x4 SLT
Location: NorCal
Posts: 3,813
Default

Pulling a gdstock (i think).

It's about as easy as....


Hopefully HeyYou merges your similar threads together. That way it would reduce the confusion of multiple threads related to the same things you've got going.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-03-2011, 02:17 PM
Mudshack's Avatar
Mudshack Mudshack is offline
Veteran
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Lee's Summit, MO (KC)
Posts: 382
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Wh1t3NuKle View Post
Pulling a gdstock (i think).

It's about as easy as....


Hopefully HeyYou merges your similar threads together. That way it would reduce the confusion of multiple threads related to the same things you've got going.

Hey newbie. BITE ME! I already said that I checked the search. Didn't need you linking me to the search page. You would have gotten cuffed up side the head if you were sitting next to me. Even if you were a long time friend.

Read my post and you would see that the search pulled up replacing 2WD ball joints. Unless you actually did the search and found something more helpful, then I would appologize and follow your link.

Zman is the only one that can give me crap. He has earned that right. And as far as the multiple threads.....one is talking about the inspection and multiple issues. This was about ball-joints only.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-03-2011, 02:29 PM
rumble_truck rumble_truck is offline
Veteran
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Vehicle: 96 dodge 4x4 5.9l
Location: St. Petersburg FL
Posts: 348
Default

Go buy a balljoint removal kit, and a sledge hammer. Took me about 4 hours per side, rusted in and they've been sitting there for 14 or so years.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-03-2011, 02:38 PM
merc225hp's Avatar
merc225hp merc225hp is offline
Champion
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Vehicle: Big Black Ram
Location: N/A
Posts: 4,664
Default

It’s not that bad, about 2hrs a side, you will need a pickle fork tool and a ball joint press tool. In the picks you will see I have made up (cut to fit) my own adapter for this truck.

1: Jack up the front of truck and put it on jack stands (Block the back tires).
2: Remove tire
3: Remove brake rotor and caliper (Hang the Caliper with a zip tie somewhere)
4: Remove hub and axel as one piece
5: Remove upper ball joint nut
6: Loosen bottom ball joint nut ¾ off
7: Use the pickle fork on both ball joints till the outer C drops on the bottom nut (it will pop loudly)
8: Remove the bottom nut and then the outer C will come off
9: Using the ball joint press tool and adapters press out the upper ball joint, then the lower one.
10: Use the press tool to install the lower ball joint first then the top one
11: Start putting everything back together in the reverse order you took it apart.

Direct link to picks.
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...lljoint008.jpg
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...lljoint009.jpg
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...lljoint010.jpg
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...lljoint012.jpg
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...lljoint015.jpg
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...lljoint013.jpg
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...lljoint017.jpg
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...lljoint016.jpg
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...lljoint019.jpg
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...lljoint020.jpg
http://i962.photobucket.com/albums/a...lljoint018.jpg

Last edited by merc225hp; 10-03-2011 at 02:41 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-03-2011, 02:40 PM
Wh1t3NuKle's Avatar
Wh1t3NuKle Wh1t3NuKle is offline
Champion
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Vehicle: 1-Ton '00 ORE Ram 5.9L 4x4 SLT
Location: NorCal
Posts: 3,813
Default

Don't get all butt hurt. It's only Monday.

There are quite a few threads here that are right up your alley. Even going directly to Google brings one right back here to DF.

For instance, which takes you to another great thread.

How "easy" something is to do remains completely dependent on the amount of rust and the right tools in possession.

You must be new to getting crapped on. lol
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-03-2011, 02:43 PM
Mudshack's Avatar
Mudshack Mudshack is offline
Veteran
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Lee's Summit, MO (KC)
Posts: 382
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Wh1t3NuKle View Post
Don't get all butt hurt. It's only Monday.

There are quite a few threads here that are right up your alley. Even going directly to Google brings one right back here to DF.

For instance, which takes you to another great thread.

How "easy" something is to do remains completely dependent on the amount of rust and the right tools in possession.

You must be new to getting crapped on. lol
Thanks. And sorry for the forum puke I did on you above. I freshly frustrated with the truck, and you got the brunt of it.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-03-2011, 02:54 PM
John D in CT's Avatar
John D in CT John D in CT is offline
Veteran
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Vehicle: 94 B2500 318
Location: The Milky Way Galaxy
Posts: 400
Default

"You would have gotten cuffed up side the head if you were sitting next to me. Even if you were a long time friend".

That's pretty strong stuff. I'm never happy about seeing anyone make reference to the use of physical violence against anyone. It's not like he shot your dog.

I know you apologized in general, but a specific apology for the violent reference might be in order. I'd PM this to you, but you said in in the public forum, so that's where I'm commenting on it.

I don't want you take this as "giving you crap". I don't want any hard feelings, and I'm not out to make you look bad, but I didn't want to let it slide either.

Last edited by John D in CT; 10-03-2011 at 02:58 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 10-03-2011, 07:22 PM
gdstock's Avatar
gdstock gdstock is offline
Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Vehicle: 1999 Ram 1500, 5.2L auto
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 8,259
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Wh1t3NuKle View Post
Pulling a gdstock (i think).

It's about as easy as....


Hopefully HeyYou merges your similar threads together. That way it would reduce the confusion of multiple threads related to the same things you've got going.

Hey!!!!!!!!!!! That wasn't me.................lol (but I did see that!)
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 10-03-2011, 09:15 PM
zman17's Avatar
zman17 zman17 is offline
Retired Moderator - RIP
 
Join Date: May 2008
Vehicle: 2000 2500HD 4x4 5.9
Location: NH
Posts: 18,729
Default

Since I'm the only one that can give you crap! Work on your search skills Bro! .... All the following info can be found by search or in the FAQ/DIY section that you should really read sometime. Come on now, get with the program there Mud.


http://www.pavementsucks.com/tech-article-6.html

http://www.pavementsucks.com/tech-article-5.html
Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Rock Auto Discount, use it or loose it Gone Fishin 3rd Gen Ram Tech 1 07-05-2016 07:49 PM
45RFE Transmission Range Sensor Lyniaer 1st Gen Durango 2 11-12-2015 02:39 PM
'04 SXT 4x4 front end alignment glhall1960 2nd Gen Dakota 13 11-10-2015 03:51 PM
New Guy Questions camijack63 2nd Gen Dakota 16 07-18-2015 05:22 PM
Be covered up with the Undercover tonneau covers carid Vendor Group And Special Buys 0 07-07-2015 08:38 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:37 PM.