97 Jimmy lower ball joints

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Old 02-04-05, 03:31 PM
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Cool 97 Jimmy lower ball joints

97 GMC Jimmy 4wd 4.3L 90,000 miles

I'm trying to replace the lower ball joints. I'm currently trying to remove driveaxle from hub. My Haynes manual says to remove driveaxle by removing driveaxle flange bolts. My car doesn't look like the picture. To me it looks like I should use a puller and push the shaft through the hub. I tried this but it doesn't seem to want to come. So I stopped before I broke something.
Am I on the right track? All help is appreciated!

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Dan
 
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Old 02-04-05, 04:33 PM
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Remove the big nut in the middle of the rotor and separate the ball joints and it should come apart.I suggest removing the caliper and supporting it and removing the clips holding the abs wiring harness and unplugging it.Be forewarned if some rust is present it can take considerable force for the cv joint to be removed from the wheel bearing.
 
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Old 02-04-05, 04:39 PM
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I've removed big nut,outer tie rod end, caliper is hanging from jack stand , and torsion bar is backed all the way off. The ball joint doesn't want to seperate with a pickle fork.
 
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Old 02-04-05, 04:46 PM
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Which ball joint?Did you unbolt the shock?You should have left the torsion bar alone now you will need an alignment.
 
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Old 02-04-05, 04:56 PM
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I'm working on drivers side. I removed the shock. Going to put new back on.
I planned on getting it aligned and new tires.
 
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Old 02-04-05, 05:14 PM
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You are going to have to swing harder then to get it apart.Now you know why most techs have tendonitis.
 
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Old 02-04-05, 05:24 PM
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Well I guess I'm going out to work on it. Thanks for the input Davo.
 
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Old 02-04-05, 07:41 PM
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Well I managed to get the lower ball joint apart and the driveaxle out of the bearing. I broke my ball joint pickle fork during the process o'well. I still got to grind the factory ribits off and finish it up (maybe tomorrow). Thanks again.
 
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