How to replace dust cover at ball joints

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Old 07 Apr 2004, 04:43 pm   #1 (permalink)
Matt
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Default How to replace dust cover at ball joints

I noticed the dust covers at ball joints are cracked and dirts
collected there. Hand-removing a little dirt, I could see some clean
grase. According to FSM, this is nightmare work to do. Does anyone
experience this? Do I have to replace the tie rods? Other than tie
rod end pullers, what other tools I should have in hands? Dust cover
and tie rod end look like a whole unit. I have a regular brake. What will I
expect to run into while replacing them?

Thanks in advance,
Matt
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Old 08 Apr 2004, 10:41 am   #2 (permalink)
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"Matt" <mliao6990@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> I noticed the dust covers at ball joints are cracked and dirts
> collected there. Hand-removing a little dirt, I could see some clean
> grase. According to FSM, this is nightmare work to do. Does anyone
> experience this? Do I have to replace the tie rods? Other than tie
> rod end pullers, what other tools I should have in hands? Dust cover
> and tie rod end look like a whole unit. I have a regular brake. What will

I
> expect to run into while replacing them?
>
> Thanks in advance,
> Matt


I had the same problem with a Dodge once. The best way I found was to use
Ford grease/dust boots asa replacement. The Ford covers are designed not
lock into the joint, rather they just sit there under slight compression.

To remove the tapered pin from the steering knuckle (the bit which has the
stub-axle and road wheel attached) without damaging the joint requires
careful use of a hammer and block or dolly to 'spring' the taper while
separating force is applied to the joint so it'll spring part. A puller will
achieve this, but it will need to be fairly substantial.

Jason


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Old 08 Apr 2004, 11:30 am   #3 (permalink)
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In news:2pedc.518$ED.446@news-server.bigpond.net.au,
Jason James <flyhi @byplane.com> being of bellicose mind posted:
> "Matt" <mliao6990@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:2479e49.0404071343.3f26b940@posting.google.co m...
> > I noticed the dust covers at ball joints are cracked and dirts
> > collected there. Hand-removing a little dirt, I could see some
> > clean grase. According to FSM, this is nightmare work to do.
> > Does anyone experience this? Do I have to replace the tie rods?
> > Other than tie
> > rod end pullers, what other tools I should have in hands? Dust
> > cover
> > and tie rod end look like a whole unit. I have a regular brake.
> > What will I expect to run into while replacing them?
> >
> > Thanks in advance,
> > Matt

>
> I had the same problem with a Dodge once. The best way I found was
> to use Ford grease/dust boots asa replacement. The Ford covers are
> designed not lock into the joint, rather they just sit there under
> slight compression.
>
> To remove the tapered pin from the steering knuckle (the bit which
> has the stub-axle and road wheel attached) without damaging the
> joint requires careful use of a hammer and block or dolly to
> 'spring' the taper while separating force is applied to the joint
> so it'll spring part. A puller will achieve this, but it will need
> to be fairly substantial.
>
> Jason


There are specific ball joint and tie rod end "separator" tools for
this job. And fer gawd's sake NEVER put Ford parts in your Toyota.
YUCK! ICKIE Poo! Cacca.
--

Philip

"When you're passin' popcorn husks over a hemorrhoid ...
only the softest tissue paper will do!"


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