Jump to content

Ball joint mating surfaces


mesapioneer2
 Share

Recommended Posts

I'm ready to put my front end back together and have a couple of questions.

 

1.   Do the mating surfaces of the Ball Joints need to be lubricated to prevent corrosion?

2.   How much do I need to torque the new ball joint to control arm nuts?( I'm replacing the original riveted ball joints.)

 

Thanks for the help.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Mating surfaces between strut and steering arm:  clean 'em off really well so they'll fit as tightly as possible.  Mine were a rusted mess inside, so when I installed new ball joints, I cleaned, then packed the entire space inside (where the ball joint stud resides) with wheel bearing grease.  It's very thick, so shouldn't ooze out, and will keep rust away.  Be sure and safety wire the three "special" bolts that hold the steering arm to the strut after tightening them to 18 ft/lbs. 

 

Torque figures:  ball joint stud--43 ft/lbs; ball joint bolts: the shop manual doesn't give a torque figure for the bolts that replace the factory rivets, but they're 8 x 20 bolts, so just torque 'em to the recommendation for that diameter bolt.  I'd put some anti-seize paste on the joint between the ball joint and the lower control arm, just on general principles.

 

mike

 

 

 

 

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

  • Upcoming Events

×
×
  • Create New...