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Old 07-23-2012, 05:41 PM
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I have a problem. I am having a squeak over bumps, so I took it in to figure out what is it. My lower ball joints are shot, and they gave me an estimate of $600 to do both lowers ..... I can get moog ball joints for 120ish, but I have never replaced them before. does anyone have any advice on how to do them? It is a 4x4 also. Thanks for any help
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I have a problem. I am having a squeak over bumps, so I took it in to figure out what is it. My lower ball joints are shot, and they gave me an estimate of $600 to do both lowers ..... I can get moog ball joints for 120ish, but I have never replaced them before. does anyone have any advice on how to do them? It is a 4x4 also. Thanks for any help
You will need some special tools & if you can get your hands on a factory service manual it will make life MUCH easier as the procedure should be described in detail. A Chilton's etc. manual would be better than nothing, but see if you can get the factory manual -- they ain't cheap, but for a job like that it's worth every penny!
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tools, manual? might want to leave this to a pro.
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Old 07-30-2012, 02:09 PM
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Well guys, I got both my ball joints installed and they weren't as bad as I thought they would be to do. I got 2 moog lowers and my uppers and tie rod ends were fine. I rented the tools from advance auto and I love that its free to do. I also painted my calipers and control arms so they look good again.... One tip of advice is don't paint in a garage you will get over spray from it just being in the air and you will be spending hours rubbing it out
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Good job, props for doing it yourself!
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Thanks. I was surprised at the fact that they weren't hard to replace.
Here are step by step process on how to replace lower ball joints on 03 4x4 ram
1) lift truck and support with jack stands
2) remove tire
3) Loosen axle nut while brakes are applied
4) remove brake caliper and caliper bracket
5) remove rotor
6) remove upper and lower ball joint nuts and tie rod end nut and pin
7) use a ball joint separator to separate lower and upper ball joints(pickle fork didn't work for me, had to have a separator, and this didn't rip the boots)
8) remove axle nut
9) remove tie rod end
10) disconnect the abs sensor wire clips
11) use a rubber mallet and tap the axle out of the hub
12) take off the hub housing bracket (not sure of actual name, but its what the hub bolts on, and where the ball joints attach). It wiggles out and is a tight fit
13) use a ball joint press and press the old joint out
14) use the ball joint press and press the new joint in. MAKE SURE ITS STRAIGHT, IT WILL BEND YOUR CONTROL ARM IF NOT STRAIGHT.
15) reassemble
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Hell Ya! Reps. for doing it yourself and then posting the How to! Good Job Mang!
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Thanks man. I always love learning new things and helping our fellow people if I can
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That's awesome. I am going to have to replace my lowers eventually. I haven't priced it yet but I was thinking $600 sounds extremely expensive. Best I can tell (and according to what you posted) it really isn't that big of a job. Congrats on a job well done.

I'm going to refrain from cracking on you for your comment about "spending hours rubbing it out"....lmao.
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If you attempt to do the ball joints yourself save yourself ALOT of headaches and rent the correct tools. You have to rent the ball joint press but I highly recommend renting that ball joint seperator that I posted also. It not only makes the job faster, and easier but it saves the boots on the upper ball joint if your only doing lowers.

Also my hours rubbbing it out its fine to make cracks on me. It was a stupid mistake I made and I am expecting to get ripped on a little bit. Thats why I posted it, so everyone can get a laugh at my expense .
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