How to Change a Car Ball Joint

by birtanpublished on August 5, 2020

Maybe mom notice anything different there's a couple of things no beard and there's no more echo I'm filming out in the new building yeah wanted to do a intro and this neighbors normal on that neighbor's cutting steel this neighbors vacuuming out in the car this neighbors

Blasting music you may ask Brian how's the bike stand up if it doesn't have a kickstand you can't hear any of it because I got the sound deadening panels on see them all pinned up all over the place anyway that's really exciting

So you see behind me I've got the Subaru here this video is on ball joints in this particular case there's a little bit tricky the ball joint is basically for those that don't know it's a ball and socket type joint and usually they

Get used in the same position over and over again and the where in a certain area and that's where the play will be once there's a little bit of play that messes up your alignment and it kind of makes it drift and do weird things you

Get bump steered which basically hit a bump in it's like whoa where are we going where are we going instead of just bump up and just being cool with it right so this one was weird because normally with a ball joint

Why do as I test a couple of different ways I pick it up an inch off the ground just you have a pry bar and you just bottom of the tire shove a pry bar under there and then move it up and down and then see because I look at the lower

Control arm upper control whichever one I'm suspecting is a bad ball joint it'll see if there's movement between the control arm and the steering knuckle by trying the bottom end and edge of the tire so now it's a lower control arm

Down satire right pry bar under the tire hitch gap up down and then I look at the lower control arm and the steering knuckle and see if I get this going on right so with this I could tell something was wrong especially with

These new concrete highways with the corduroy on them do you guys like those do not like them the new concrete ones they were doing really things with the Subaru I did the alignment using the quick trick

Alignment system and the best that I could and it just was still being screwing especially on those corduroy sections I took it to an alignment shop and they did it three times same visit same day you know I'm choosing the bowl

With the one guy the other guys do it at test-drive been doing it to test drive he's like this is as close as I can get it I don't know man so it passed by me having a bad ball joint and it also passed by them having

A ball to it so I'm like this would make a great video it's interesting because normally the way that I test it you can see the play there are usually tie rod ends you have played that way and balls let's do this way remember I said about

The ball joint ball and socket or where's in one place sometimes when you pick the car up and it goes like this then the pressures on another part of the holder wait so this wasn't super bad at first so I bought the ball joint when

Do you go change of all joy no let's make for sure that it was this side was it this side of this side because it was the side and then a year and a half later I would do it so anyway check it out this one did something weird you're

Not gonna believe this Brian's mobile one this what a bad all drunk looks like you see especially if I remove it from this I a lot of movement remember when they said you grab the top and bottom to check the ball joint in the movements in

And out it only does it when I move side to side that's the weird part this is what that looks like from the outside it's like if I pull at the bottom left it's where I get the most movement that just has to do with the

Where the design of the controller if I'm pulling from the bottom like most it feels solid you don't really feel anything at all if I just grab it at the bottom yeah there's at the top they get the

Most moving it out of it right about here here a little bit from the back we'll see from back in the tire that mostly has to do with the design of the lower control arm and the tire rods which are like at Tyga are on the front

Side of the wheel so that's bracing that up all that's allowed to move so if I was shaking from here I wouldn't get much a shake from here shake your boom and shake your ball joy we found what the problem is

You know let's fix it let me show you how to get the top part of the ball doing it you got to pull this bolt here to get to that with your socket you got pull the tire or at least it's easier to get this a drop down and separate from

This one down here you've got to get this undone this is your sway bar link so that bolt that you see there it goes alongside of the bolts right here this goes into a cup and then the bottom part you see it's tapered so to get a taper

Loose you have to have the top part undone first or at least get the tire off and get out of the way and then what I do is I pull up on this here and then just wrap on the outside of it so I create a shock wave and the shock wave

Causes this to loosen up also I'll spray some penetrating oil from the top something like the extreme green stuff that I use I'll leave a link below was what it was so we have the ball

Drink free just need to get it free from this part here that's done it's not good with some shock you sure that's enough it does help to be pulling on it at the same time you're knocking it though ideally there's an open spot here that

You don't see on frame you want to hit where all the metal is I get you a better shock another thing you see people do and I've done in the past is take your cassoulet did not put it on backwards to protect

The threads you sent shock this way this way let's try some from back here one good solid hit is worth a bajillion of softer hits I just can't get a good hit on it because it's isolated by rubber bushings that doesn't make it tricky

We'll let that soak for a minute nobody has a lower control arm for this and nobody has a bushing otherwise I'd pull it out set it on the bench isolate it metal to metal and just BAM I may still do that but a side note it's easy to

Tell her my creaking sound that's coming from sounds like the polyurethane bushings which is about all I can find for this when they're dry when they don't have that Lube on it

Let's try silicone spray see what that does a little foam on there work it in where does it smell II to wind up it mostess off on the floor it's getting quieter there we go that's better

We're gonna put the pitman arm puller on it this thing's just not getting any looser and I'm hitting on this on each side otherwise this should really get in there and I press that off I'm so close so I'm gonna take a cutter and just

Extend the taper of this a little bit shouldn't compromise the strength degree just the corner off to be smooth instead of square look at this one guy and see if that's worth welding some more back

On there I should have been a quick easy little job sings as old driven in the salt a lot this key card I hope that was rolling sweet so it's the old in with the new there we go that's better I'm saying his movement that way is okay

like when they bend over but it's just not a good fit this pins too fast you can do just grab it and drive it by that part of the pin

There you go apologize if I'm blocking frame to get her done that's fine I've bend forward it's so tight that's on the move well prove it rust on the top like a factory bolt and washer better personally so I'm

Gonna reuse that it does come with a new one there's not even room for a socket to get on that wanna feel this we're go ahead just a little bit more to go where's the silicone spray I'm gonna hit the sides of this this will help prevent

Squeaks also hopefully get in I need like a plastic piece or something in there keep that from going too far under the subframe don't wonder this guy

There we go see easy effect a little bit of a fight huh there we go tight tight tight we're done put the wheel back on and see how we look turn that sounds like it's rubbing I might have been a little too rough with

It you know the bottom of this splash plate got moved into the rotor most better that's just brake pads down different Sam some of that's because the rotors a little loose because it's not pinned in by the tire if you're not

Familiar with these things and you do this that makes us awful or anything sound we're done that can be alarming so I left that in there all right first one goes on no you do this bottom ones to kick out so pin the bottom down first I

Love this Milwaukee impact I've got a link in the description now funny to me when you have it on LED lights it up and gives you some convenience when you're done it tries to fade out slow but it's just so digital I was hit the last two

And then I'm sure that I'm getting tight so you watch this thing turned off it's like dude that's kind of cool though there we go go to wiggle this now it's just solid both sides that's how it should be now you know how to change

Balls right on your Subaru bonus footage at the end good morning cause we're gonna get

I like it smooth

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