99 Chevy Blazer lower ball joint replacement?
jbird91372 Member Posts: 3
edited March 2014 in Chevrolet
what is the best wat to replace lower balljoints on my 99 blazer? remove brakes, rotor, hub, cv axle? it has the original ones on there, riveted in, but no room to grind rivets off, any suggestions?
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Everything else is apart and in the process of being replaced. Passenger's side is done.
Driver's side is 1/2 done, but I need to pull the drive axle. According to Alldata DIY they make a brief mention of removing the Differential carrier shield, they provide a link to it, but no actual how to. Then they jump to tapping on the tripot with some wood to disengage the locking spring on the axle shaft.
My question is, do I need to remove the shield, I have the bolts out, but it seems as if it's attached behind the frame.
2ndly, anyone have another way to pop out the axle shaft, there is really no room to get a piece of wood into the driver's side tripot and knock it out?
Thanks in advance.
That said, once you get the cover removed, I used a smaller piece of wood that fit on the tripot assy. With a re-manufactured drive axle ($75.00 with a $75.00 core deposit)
Anyway, once you tap out the axle, the shield comes off with it and then yo gently slide the cover from the shaft, slide the new shaft in (no lube req'd) and then reassemble. You'll need a crow's foot to put the new bolts in as the re-manufactured tripot assy is a solid cylinder as opposed to the orig. assy that is more of a 3 leaf clover shape.
Was a bit of a PITA, but once I stopped off and grabbed a metric Crow's foot set, my work was MUCH easier.
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Anyway after you pop the steering tie rod off then need a pickle fork to pop the top ball joint out of the knuckle assembly which usually rips the boots (no other way) and then I remove the lower in a vise with that steering knuckle off. For $20 each more you can do the top one also while all apart. Enjoy - I have a large 6" 2 jaw puller for the hub and that CV nut is 36mm at most stores. You can cut, drill, or cold chisel the rivets off and wear eye protection!
Yep - it will be all day and the floor will be a mess so get that cardboard ready to lay down. Don't forget to grease all when done as well as the caliper slides in the brackets.
Bad grounds can do all sorts of weird stuff.