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How do you replace the lower ball joint in a cavalier?

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2006-05-29 21:40:02
2006-05-29 21:40:02

Not difficult take of wheel on sie of car yon need to change the ball joint Put on secure stand (not a jack) undo stabliser bar bolt to lower control arm and remember the way all the bushes came off for re assembly. Bend and pull out the pin at the top of the castle nut at the top of ball joint Two horizontal and one vertical bolt hold the control arm in place Remove these Lever out the control arm after these and the ball joint has been separated from the cintol arm (you remone the castle nut first and use a fork to open the joint The control arm comes away with a bit of twisting and pulling.With contol arm out drill out the three rivets carefully with small drill bits so not to drill into the control arm itself. wnen rivets are out clean up the three holes until they allow the three bolts supplied with new ball joint to fit . Tighten to correct torque 52 ft lbs for my Z24 Reassemble and torque all bolts according to specifications keeping joint clear of metal shanings. Took me three hours. Make sure securing pin at top of castle nut is in place Some strength and a bright light help considerably.

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