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Exclamation Hey, this is "Duncan's" brother, the cool one....

Can someone help me out here....? I have to replace the Upper Control Arm Bushings on a 4x2 Jimmy (Yeah, wrong forum, I know... but don't care), and I need to know all the necessary tools for doing this job, I know I'll need a coil spring compressor, but beyond that I don't know anything... including whether or not the Bushings will have to be pressed in.... HELP.




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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION

2wd Vehicles

UPPER

See Figures 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9

The following procedure requires the use of a ball joint separator tool such as GM No. J-8742 or equivalent.

1.

Raise and support the front of the vehicle safely by placing jackstands securely under the lower control arms. Because the vehicle's weight is used to relieve spring tension on the upper control arm, the floor stands must be positioned between the spring seats and the lower control arm ball joints for maximum leverage.



CAUTION
With components unbolted, the jackstand is holding the lower control arm in place against the coil spring. Make sure the jackstand is firmly positioned and cannot move, or personal injury could result.



2.

Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
3.

Remove the brake caliper and support it from the vehicle using a coat hanger or wire. Make sure the brake line is not stretched or damaged and that the caliper's weight is NOT supported by the line.
4.

Remove the cotter pin and retaining nut from the upper ball joint.
5.

Position J-8742 or an equivalent ball joint separator tool between upper joint stud and the lower joint/control arm. Use the tool to separate the upper ball joint from the steering knuckle. Pull the steering knuckle free of the ball joint after removal.

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Fig. 5: Use a ball joint separator tool to drive the upper ball joint from the steering knuckle

After separating the steering knuckle from the upper ball joint, be sure to support the steering knuckle/hub assembly to prevent damaging the brake hose.

6.

Remove the riveted upper ball joint from the upper control arm:
1.

Drill a 1/8 in. (3mm) hole, about 1/4 in. (6mm) deep into each rivet.
2.

Then use a 1/2 in. (13mm) drill bit, to drill off the rivet heads.
3.

Using a pin punch and the hammer, drive out the rivets in order to free the upper ball joint from the upper control arm assembly, then remove the upper ball joint.

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Fig. 6: Drill a small guide hole into each ball joint rivet

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Fig. 7: Then drill off the rivet heads

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Fig. 8: Punch the rivets out and remove the ball joint

6.

Clean and inspect the steering knuckle hole. Replace the steering knuckle if the hole is out of round.

To install:

8.

Position the joint in the upper control arm, then install the joint retaining nuts and bolts. Position the bolts threaded upward from under the control arm. Tighten the ball joint retainers to 2 ft. lbs. (8 Nm).

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Fig. 9: Service ball joints are bolted to the control arm

9.

Remove the support from the steering knuckle, then install the ball joint to the knuckle. Make sure the joint is seated, then install the stud nut and tighten to 65 ft. lbs. (90 Nm) for vehicles through 486 or to 61 ft. lbs. (83 Nm) for 487-93 vehicles. Install a new cotter pin.

When installing the cotter pin, never loosen the castle nut to expose the cotter pin hole.

10.

If not installed already, thread the grease fitting into the ball joint. Use a grease gun to lubricate the upper ball joint.
11.

Reposition and secure the brake caliper.
12.

Install the tire and wheel assembly.
13.

Remove the jackstands and carefully lower the vehicle.
14.

Check and adjust the front end alignment, as necessary.

LOWER

See Figures 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14

The following procedure requires the use of a ball joint remover/installer set (the particular set may vary upon application but must include a clamping-type tool with the appropriately sized adapters) and a ball joint separator tool, such as J-8742 or equivalent.

1.

Raise and support the front of the vehicle safely using jackstands under the frame so the control arms hang free.
2.

Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
3.

Position a floor jack under the spring seat of the lower control arm, then raise the jack to support the arm.

The floor jack MUST remain under the lower control arm, during the removal and installation procedures, to retain the arm and spring positions. Make sure the jack is securely positioned and will not slip or release during the procedure or personal injury may result.

4.

Remove the brake caliper and support it aside using a hanger or wire. Make sure the brake line is not stressed or damaged.

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Fig. 10: Use a ball joint separator to drive the lower joint from the knuckle

5.

Remove and discard the lower ball joint cotter pin, then loosen and remove the stud nut.
6.

Position J-8742 or an equivalent ball joint separator tool between lower joint stud and the upper joint/control arm. Use the tool to separate the lower ball joint from the steering knuckle.
7.

Carefully guide the lower control arm out of the opening in the splash shield using a putty knife. Position a block of wood between the frame and upper control arm to keep the knuckle out of the way.
8.

Remove the grease fitting from the control arm.

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Fig. 11: Press the lower joint from the control arm - early model tool set shown

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Fig. 12: Driving the lower joint from the control arm - late model tool set

9.

Use the ball joint remover set along with the appropriate adapters to drive the ball joint from the control arm.

To install:

10.

Clean the tapered hole in the steering knuckle of any dirt or foreign matter, then check the hole to see if it is out of round, deformed or otherwise damaged. If a problem is found, the knuckle must be replaced.
11.

Using a suitable installation set, press the new ball joint until it bottoms in the control arm. Make sure the grease seal is facing inboard.

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Fig. 13: Installing a new ball joint - early model

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Fig. 14: Installing a new ball joint - late model

12.

Position the ball joint stud into the steering knuckle, then install the retaining nut and tighten to 90 ft. lbs. (15 Nm) for vehicles through 488 or to 83 ft. lbs. (113 Nm) for 489-93 vehicles. Install a new cotter pin.

When installing the cotter pin, never loosen the castle nut to expose the cotter pin hole.

13.

If not installed already, thread the grease fitting into the ball joint, then use a grease gun to lubricate the joint.
14.

Reposition and secure the brake caliper.
15.

Install the tire and wheel assembly.
16.

Remove the jackstands and carefully lower the vehicle.
17.

Check and adjust the front end alignment, as necessary.
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