finally the ball joints on my M880s D44 front axle are shot.
I already have the new parts but have no real clue how to replace them.Into the blue i'd say i have to do the following:
- jack vehicle securely + remove wheel (obvious)
- remove brake caliper
- remove cotter pin + big nut on axle shaft
- remove six bolts holding the hub onto the knuckle (what nut size? 3/8"?)
- remove hub + axle shaft
At this point i should have an empty knuckle (ok, the seal is still inside but can stay there, right? The axle shaft can pe worked through the seal carefully) attached to the steering linkage,
the drag link and the axle housing.
Next i'd remove the cotter pins and loosen the crown nuts on the ball joints.
Followed by removing the drag link and steering linkage.Now the tricky part where i start swimming:
How do i remove the knuckle from the axle?
I'd place a block of wood on the knuckle and give it a solid whack with a club hammer.
On the other hand i've read that i shouldn't whack the knuckle with a hammer...
I have a ball joint separator similar to this one
, but i don't know if it fits between the knuckle and axle housing...Next thing that makes me swim is the actual replacing of the ball joints.
A c-clamp would be the nice way to press the old ones out and the new ball joints in and seat them
How can that be done without a c-clamp?
Buying a c-clamp kit is out of reach they sell for ~470$ over here and no one rents them... Friends dont have that kind of tool.
Sooo it's big hammers and blocks of wood.
But how's the procedure?
Reassembly is clear to me.
As far as i know, the lower ball joint gets 75ft/lbs, the upper 80 and the big nut.
If you could help me with the two mentioned steps i'd be very glad!
Please tell me in case i forgot something
Thanks a lot!