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Ok Im at a stoping point cuz i dont know where to go from here. The upper ball joint nuts/bolts are all out and i cant get the thing out. Tryed heating it up tryed pounding and still nothing. Also what else do i need to take off to get the lowers off?? will i have to take the whole stearing nuckle off or not? Picture time
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try PB BLASTER get it at local auto store works like a dream
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what about the lowers? will i need to take the nuckle off?
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yes you will its not that hard
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you just need to keep hitting it until it pops out, trust me it will come out, try not to hit/damage anything else tho
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what all do i need to take off. Just that center nut? Do you know what size that is by chance?
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32mm 0r 34mm i think
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its called a 4lb hammer aka BFH and hit that upper arm from the underside. that's how i do it and it comes right out everytime.

to do the lowers,you must unbolt the CV shaft(that big nut). Also take out the outer tie rod from the knuckle. Put a floorjack under the lower control arm to put some weight on it, then beat the **** out of that flat spot on the knuckle. You can use the tie rod mount to beat on as well. It'll take some pretty good blows to get the joint seperated from the arm. Dont be afraid to cuss and literally beat the holy shiz out of it. at least...that's how i do it.
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Ok i unbolted the cv shaft bolt and the three that are behing the nuckle. What do i need to do to get the shaft out? just hamer it in towards the truck??
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Leave the cv in. Thread those hub bolts back in some and knock em until the hub comes loose. Then you can take the knuckle off to get at the lower balljoint.
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^^what he said. thread the nut on a few turns, then hammer on the nut. you put the nut on the threads to not damage the threads when you hit it w/o a nut. not too hard, theres stil the possibility of damaging the threads should you beat the living **** out of it.
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the hub is loose but when i pull on the hub the cv shaft pulls with the hub. Do i just need the hub lose or dose it have to come off completly??
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the hub/bearing assy can stay bolted to the knuckle. the CV should slide right out once 'unseated'.
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ok thanks for all the info guys
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what all do i need to take off. Just that center nut? Do you know what size that is by chance?
1 1/4 socket fits the best
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could of used a fork too they work great.
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could of used a fork too they work great.
they dont. dont even work for the tie rods either. of course, i dont know what you are referring to....what? that cv's? id guess ball jints.
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ok got the hub off and the nuckle off and all the ball joints. Fedex just came and droped my replacement ball joint. Ok i feel kinda stupid asking this question but if it says right is that driver side?
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I'm pretty sure it goes as if you were sitting in the truck. So the right would be the passenger side.
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right should mean passenger side..look at your part numbers and back track them via rockauto.com.
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rock auto just says front suspension left controll arm...nothing about side..time to go and put them in...yay...thanks again guys
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try this if u havent gotten it off yet...mines coil spring but everything should be pretty much the same principal. remove the shock, remove sway bar end links and support the truck by the frame(btw the best way is with a floor jack and another floor jack or a bottle jack) put the 2nd jack under the lower controll arm and start to lower the jack so it starts taking the pressure off of the t-bars, then take your BFH and bump the UCA and it should come out...

its more work that way but it will definately get it loose
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Ryan thanks for the info but they are done. They went as bad as i thought it was going to be. Didnt run into any marjor problems. Thanks for all the help every one with out you guys i dont think i would have be able to do this.
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