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NISSAN Pictures of how I replaced the ball joints on the front spindles on my 87-95 Nissan Pathfinder.


I replaced the ball joints because the steering was vague and she wandered all over the freeway. I don't think this helped. I think the problem was in the alignment and the steering box.
This was kind of a difficult job. Those ball joints are difficult to get out. Those steering knuckles are heavy. I bled quite a bit more than usual. Just sayin. And supporting the lower control arm improperly can kill a guy.

  1. Jacked it up, supported lower control arm, jack stands all around, wheel off, probably some other stuff I am forgetting. Come on, I only got the bandages off last week.


  2. Unbolted the brake caliper.
    bolts


  3. Supported with wire so I wouldn't break the brake line.
    wire


  4. Removed cotter pins from ball joint bolts. Ball joints = BJ's. What? I'm just telling you what they're called! These cotter pins keep the big ball joint castle nuts from working loose.


  5. Removed the castle nuts on the upper and lower ball joints. These hold the spindle onto the ball joints. Spindle, steering knuckle, upright, same thing.
    upper ball joint   lower ball joint


  6. Opened the steering link.
    steering link


  7. Removed three of four of the small nuts and bolts from the upper ball joint. Small bolts hold the ball joints onto the control arms.
    upper ball joint small nuts


  8. Removed the small bolts from the lower ball joint.
    lower ball joint bolts


  9. This ball joint puller does not work. I hate this thing and I hate Harbor Freight.
    ball joint puller


  10. OK, I'm going to let that last bolt out of the upper control arm. This steering knuckle is heavy as hell. I thought I could let the bolt go with one hand and hold the knuckle with the other hand. I am a big strong guy. Heavy as hell. I still have a scar on that hand. So on this side I supported the knuckle with some scraps of wood so I would not ruin my other hand.
    support


  11. I hate this made in China C clamp and I hate Harbor Freight.


  12. Ball joint pickle fork made in USA in 1975. Bang and done.
    pickle fork   success


  13. BFH = Big F*ing Hammer. Made in USA in 1975. Bang Bang Bang Bang Bang Bang and done.
    BFH


  14. Old ball joints and new ball joints. Got those part numbers there? I have been pleased with the quality of Moog and Beck Arnley.
    ball joint part numbers


  15. Lower ball joint.
    lower ball joint


  16. Upper ball joint. What is that in the background there?
    upper ball joint


  17. Upper ball joint installed into the upper control arm.
    upper BJ


  18. Lower ball joint attached to lower control arm. Plus check out my sweet chucks.
    lower BJ


  19. Tightened the main bolt of the upper ball joint into the spindle. That wicked angle is caused by cranking the torsion bars which gave me a couple inches of lift in the front.
    upper ball joint installed


  20. Re installed the steering link. Tightened everything to spec with torque wrench.
    steering link


  21. Installed new cotter pins.
    cotter pins


  22. Then I finished my beer.
    Beer


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Joel MacFabe wrote ( 8/1/2012 4:58:33 PM )


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