Replacing ball joints on 1997 Buick LeSabre
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Filed Under (Buick) by admin on 14-11-2010
Steering Vibration/Shudder/Moan During Parking Maneuvers on Dry Pavement (Install Power Steering Pressure (Inlet) and/or Return (Outlet) Hose Assembly) 1995-99 Buick Riviera 1997-2001 Buick Park Avenue, Ultra 2000-2001 Buick LeSabre 2000-2001 Pontiac Bonneville steering vibration, shudder or moan noise when steering during parking maneuvers on dry pavement. Correction Install a new power steering pressure (inlet) hose assembly on the following vehicles: • 1995-98 Buick Riviera • 1997-98 Buick Park Avenue and Ultra Install a new power steering pressure (inlet) and return (outlet) hose assembly on the following vehicles: • 1999 Buick Riviera • 1999-2001 Buick Park Avenue and Ultra • 2000-2001 Buick LeSabre • 2000-2001 Pontiac Bonneville 1. Verify that the power steering pump reservoir is full. • If fluid level is low, fill and check for leaks. • If power steering system has air in the system, perform the “Bleeding Air from Power Steering System” procedure as described in the Power Steering System sub-section of the Service Manual. Important: When performing the “Bleeding Air from Power Steering System” procedure, it is important that the front of the vehicle is supported by the lower control arms. If the vehicle is not supported by the lower control arms, the procedure may cause the strut bushing to dislocate and cause new concern. Verify that the accessory drive belt is in good condition and that the pulleys are not bent or damaged. Verify proper belt tension and operation of the belt tensioner. Check for power steering hose ground out conditions. Check for good engine idle and correct engine RPM. Check to see that the rear transaxle mount does not have a plastic assembly aid installed which is used 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
Filed Under (Ford) by admin on 13-01-2011
NOTE: Always remove lower ball joint before removing upper ball joint. Install lower ball joint before installing upper ball joint. DO NOT heat ball joint or axle to aid in installation. Removal 1. Remove steering knuckle. See STEERING KNUCKLE under REMOVAL & INSTALLATION. Remove snap ring from bottom ball joint socket. 2. Assemble “C” Frame (T74P-4635-C) and Receiver Cup (T83T-3050-A for Explorer and Ranger; D80T- 3010-A2 for Bronco and F150) on the lower ball joint. See Fig. 10 -13. 3. Turn forcing screw clockwise until lower ball joint is removed from spindle. Repeat procedure to remove upper ball joint. See Fig. 10 -13. Installation 1. Lower ball joint must be installed first. Assemble “C” Frame, Receiver Cup (T80T-3010-A for Explorer and Ranger, or T80T-3010-A3 for Bronco and F150), and Installation Cup (T83T-3050-A for Explorer and Ranger; D81T-3010-A for Bronco and F150). See Fig. 10 -13. 2. Turn forcing screw to install ball joint. Ensure ball joint is fully seated. To install upper ball joint, assemble “C” Frame, Receiver Cup (T80T-3050-A for Explorer and Ranger; T80T-3010-A3 for Bronco and F150), and Installation Cup (T83T-3050-A for Explorer and Ranger; D80T-3010-A for Bronco and F150). See Fig. 10 -13. 3. Turn forcing screw to install ball joint. Ensure ball joint is fully seated. Install snap ring on ball joints, and install steering knuckle.
Filed Under (Dodge) by admin on 18-01-2011
1. Position a floor jack under the right side lower suspension arm. 2. Raise the wheel and allow the tire to lightly contact the floor (vehicle weight relieved from the tire). 3. Mount a dial indicator (Special Tool C3339 or equivalent) solidly on the upper suspension arm (Fig. 1 ). Fig. 1: Right Side View Of Suspension (Wheel/Tire Removed For Clarity) 4. Position the dial indicator plunger against the back side of the steering knuckle boss for the upper ball joint (Fig. 1 ). 5. Zero the dial indicator while pulling outward on the top of the tire. 6. While an assistant watches the dial indicator gauge, grasp the top of the tire and push inward. Record the dial indicator reading observed from the full outward to full inward position. 7. Repeat Step #1 through Step #6 on the left side upper ball joint. When both the left and the right upper ball joints have been inspected, proceed to Step #8. 8. Based on the results recorded in Step #6: a. If the lateral movement on both upper ball joints is less than 0.060 in. (1.52 mm), no further action is required. Remove the dial indicator, lower the wheel and return the vehicle to the owner. b. If the lateral movement on either of the upper ball joints is greater than 0.060 in. (1.52 mm), replace both upper ball joints as described in the Repair Procedure.
Filed Under (Ford) by admin on 05-04-2010
Subject: Ford Ranger upper ball joint replacement Vehicle involved: 1998-2002 Ford Ranger 2 wheel drive Condition: O.E.M. supplier sells the upper ball joint as an arm assembly; we sell the ball joint only which can be pressed out of the arm assembly.
Repair Procedure: 1. Raise vehicle on hoist, and support lower control arm. 2. Remove wheel and tire assembly.
3. Mark position of upper eccentric camber bolts. 4. Remove upper ball joint spindle nut and pinch bolt, 5. Separate upper ball joint from spindle. 6. Remove nuts and camber bolts attaching upper control arm-to-frame, 7. Remove upper control arm. 8. Place control arm in vise, press ball joint out with ball joint press. See Fig. 1. 9. After ball joint has been pressed out install new ball joint (500-1109) with the words “install inboard” facing toward the inboard side of control arm. See Fig. 2. Incorrect installation may cause damage to the ball joint 10. Install ball joint boot with words “install inboard” towards the inboard side of control arm. See Fig. 3.11. Install upper control arm.12. Align upper eccentric camber bolts with marks made during removal.13. To complete installation, reverse removal procedure. Tighten bolts and nuts to
specification. Then check wheel alignment
Filed Under (Ford) by admin on 25-03-2011
Removal 1. Remove the front wheel spindle (3105) and the right and left shaft and joint assembly. Refer to Spindle, RH and LH Shaft and Joint Assembly in the Removal and Installation portion of this section. 2. Disconnect the steering linkage, if necessary, from the knuckle. Refer to Section 11-03 in the Body, Chassis Manual. Steering Knuckle Installation 3. Remove the cotter pin from the stud of the front suspension upper ball joint (3049). Loosen the nut on the top stud and the bottom nut inside the steering knuckle. Remove the top nut. 4. Sharply hit the top stud with a plastic or rawhide hammer to free the knuckle from the axle arm. Remove and discard bottom nut. 5. NOTE: Note the orientation of the camber adjuster to make sure of the same camber setting. Remove camber adjuster by hand or, if difficulty is encountered, use Pitman Arm Puller T64P-3590-F. 6. Place steering knuckle in vise and remove snap ring from bottom ball joint socket if so equipped. 7. Remove plug from U-Joint Tool T74P-4635-C and replace with Plug T80T-3010-A4 (part of 4WD Ball Joint Tool Set T80T-3010-A). 8. Assemble U-Joint Tool T74P-4635-C and Receiving Cup T80T-3010-A2 (part of 4WD Ball Joint Tool Set T80T-3010-A). 9. NOTE: Always remove front suspension lower ball joint first. Turn forcing screw clockwise until front suspension lower ball joint is removed from steering knuckle. 10. Repeat procedure and remove front suspension upper ball joint. Installation 1. Clean steering knuckle bore and insert front suspension lower ball joint as straight as possible. 2. NOTE: If ball joint cannot be installed to the proper depth, realign Receiving Cup T80T-3010-A3. To replace the front suspension lower ball joint, assemble U-Joint Tool, Receiving Cup T80T-3010-A3 (part of 4WD Ball Joint Tool Set T80T-3010-A) and Installing Cup from Ball Joint Adapter Set D81T-3010-A or equivalent.