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Lower Ball Joint?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by DareDog, Nov 10, 2014.

  1. DareDog

    DareDog PlowSite.com Addict
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    2005 chevy 1500 LT needs lower ball joint how bad of job is it?? thinking of taking it some where to have it done, what is good price to pay for that job?

    buddy told me he did one and it was a paint to do and his advice was take it some where. what is involved in replacing lower ball joint?
     
  2. JAJA

    JAJA Member
    Messages: 73

    Take caliper off, rotor off, take steering knuckle off, replace ball joint might as well do the upper while your at it. Is it the ball joint that's bad or the wheel bearing. Wheel bearing is pretty common
     
  3. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
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    Your missing something......the spring. Need to relieve the pressure somehow, or keep it contained.
     
  4. DareDog

    DareDog PlowSite.com Addict
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    my dad took it to Mavis discount tire for inspection last January it passed but they said it needs a lower ball joint and they quoted $200 to replace it. how can you tell if ball joint needs replacing?
     
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2014
  5. adksnowo

    adksnowo Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    You don't need to relieve the torsion bars to do ball joints on a Chevy. If there is play in the ball joint at all it needs to be replaced. Jack it up & see if there is any play. If you do the ball joint check the other side as well, it has the same # of miles. Do the upper + lower ball joints at the same time for sure. make certain the brakes/wheel bearings/cv shafts/shocks/steering are up to snuff as it is easy to replace many of these items while you are doing ball joints.
     
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2014
  6. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
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    You don't need to relieve the torsion bars to do ball joints on a Chevy.

    Relieve,or hold up the spring tension. Contain the spring pressure was my point. Even with the shock holding it "together" I like the extra insurance.
     
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2014
  7. scottL

    scottL PlowSite.com Addict
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    torsion bar pressure .... UMMMMmmmm you would be foolish to NOT relieve the pressure. Dangerous not to.

    Ball joints are not hard per sae. Yes, it will take some arm strength. Buy MOOG parts. Rent ball joint kit from auto store. It's usually 2 hours for upper and lower per side. You will need a front end alignment when done.

    $200 for replacement - not bad.
     
  8. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
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    I've never relieved the torsion bars... This is the first I've heard of that lol
     
  9. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
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    Yeah and 2 hours a side is ambitious if they've been in for any substantial amount of time. I've done ball joints that have taken several hours just to get one out. Not a fun job.
     
  10. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
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    Book time is 3 hours a side I believe. I know dodge is
     
  11. scottL

    scottL PlowSite.com Addict
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    If this is their first time doing ball joints then put the time at 4 hours the first side and a few searches of the internet to believe he's doing it right. Lot of pressure to get them to move. But, I'll stand by the 2 hours.

    Take the pressure off the torsion ... it's only a few minutes effort.
     
  12. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
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    Why do you need to relieve the torsion pressure? Out of the few hundred trucks I've done never have I done that
     
  13. scottL

    scottL PlowSite.com Addict
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    Well ... How do you maintain control of the lower? Are you using a jack to support it?
     
  14. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
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    Nope. Don't un bolt the shock and you won't have an issue
     
  15. scottL

    scottL PlowSite.com Addict
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    yeah ... ok. So your using the shock as the holder. :alien:
     
  16. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
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    My point was 2 fold.
    1) most people will Jack up using frame and let the suspension hang. Hence leaving psi to still be on the suspension.
    2) me personally....I don't want to rely on 2 bolts and some small diameter pipe holding up some spring pressure.
    Are there some that know to support the control arm.....sure. Are there some that trust the shock.....sure. I'm saying not me, and this is how I'd go about it
     
  17. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
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    Yep never had an issue. Pretty standard practice
     
  18. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
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    Actually he's right,
    But I'd never fault someone for putting a block under it, cya
     
  19. chevyzrule810

    chevyzrule810 PlowSite.com Addict
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    To check and see if the ball joint is bad or not take a jack and put it under the lower control arm.Take a pry bar and pry up and down under the tire to see if you have play.Grab the tire and push in and out and see if you have play.Also shake the wheel side to side and see if you have play.It is easier to have someone else do the prying and shaking while you check and see if there is play.
     
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2014
  20. DareDog

    DareDog PlowSite.com Addict
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    got ball joint fixed Monday. took 2 hours. did not even take brakes apart. should i get a alignment done??