Q: Procedure to replace lower ball joints and sway bar links and torque specification for all the front end components

asked by on

I want procedure to replace lower ball joint and sway bar links and torque specification for all the front end components
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. To replace the ball joints you would need to jack up the vehicle and put it on jack stands. Remove the tires, calipers, and brake rotors. Then put a jack under the lower control arm and remove the cotter pin and nut from the lower ball joint. Lower down the jack some and hit the control arm with a dead blow hammer and the lower control arm should come off the wheel knuckle. Then remove the bolt that holds the spring strut on the lower control arm. This will make the control arm free. Then remove the bolts that hold the control arm to the vehicle’s frame. Then remove the jack and remove the lower control arm. Then you can pop out the ball joint and pop the new one in. Install the lower control arm and put the bolts in the frame and tighten them up to spec. Then put the bolt in the spring and hook it into the control arm and tighten up the bolt to spec. Jack up the lower control arm and allow the ball joint to fit into the wheel knuckle. Tighten the nut down to spec and put in a new cotter pin. Put on the rotor, caliper, and wheel. Torque the lug nuts to spec. Lower the vehicle to the ground. Click Here for the Vehicle Specs. If you need further assistance with replacing the lower control arm ball joints, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Procedure to replace lower ball joints and sway bar links and torque specification for all the front end components

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Battery keeps getting drained

If the battery is draining down over time, then there is a parasitic draw that is draining the battery. A parasitic draw test needs to be done on the vehicle and once set up, the fuses need to be removed...

Q: Q: Noise when turning

Among the possibilities are the strut bearings, strut mounts, the strut itself, the outer cv axle joints, and/or any suspension component, such as a tie rod end, ball joint, sway bar mount, or suspension bushing that is loose or worn,...

Q: What Is a Sway Bar and What Does It Do?

The sway bar on your vehicle is an essential part of the suspension. The sway bar may also be known as an anti-sway bar, an anti-roll bar, or a stabilizer bar, and all of these perform the same job. No...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.