This may just be the most in-depth guide out there for replacing ball joints on trucks, so be prepared. You'll be learning the full details on replacing both the upper and lower ball joints on a 2-wheel drive, full-sized vehicle. To begin, grab all the necessary tools below, then proceed to watch all 31 parts of this repair video walkthrough.
* 4-way tire iron * Jack stand * Lower ball joints * Upper control arm ball joint assembly * Standard and metric socket set * Ball joint pickle fork * Hydraulic floor jack * Ball joint press
One you have all the tools and parts, you'll be learning how to loosen lug nuts, jack up the truck, remove the tire, reload the truck suspension, remove retaining nuts, remove the calipers and calipers bridge, remove upper ball joint, index the control arm boots, remove the upper control arm, grease ball joints, remount the upper control arm, realign mounting bolts, remove the lower ball joint, remove lower snap ring, press out the lower ball joint, install the lower ball joint, press a lower ball joint, reinstall the snap ring, install a spindle, torque castle nuts, install the caliper bridge and calipers, remount the tire, lower the jacked up truck, tighten lug nuts, and finally… testing the truck.