You made the right choice by following the manufacturers spec. I put in AC joints a few months ago and it said something like 70-80 ft. lbs. while the FSM listed the ridiculously high torque. I don't know why they list that either.
If they're overtorqued...I'd recommend loosening them and maybe even popping the balljoint loose with a fork (because part of the torque reading is pressing the spindle onto the balljoint)...then set your torque wrench to 60 lb*ft and torque to there...then look at the castle nut and see where it is...turn it as little as possible to allow you to get a cotter pin through the ball joint stud...soon as you can get a pin through, stop tightening it, pin it, bend the pin so it can't rattle or come out, grease the balljoint and move on.
I would do what Mike says, except not "maybe" pop it out, but DO pop it out! Never loosen a nut without popping the joint out. It might be a good idea to see if there is any deformation on the stud anyway while you have it popped out.
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Three 9c1: when I use a pickle fork to seperate a ball joint I always ruin the rubber grease seal.
Is there a better technic?
Can I buy new seals seperately?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Yes there is,
You can rent "tie-rod" pullers of a couple different sizes at autozone or something. It has a couple fixed jaws on it to wrap around the knuckle with a threaded stud in the middle to apply the pressure to the ball joint. It works very well if one doesn't like to beat a pickle fork into the ball joint.
Looking Into getting a whole new suspension kit for 96 impala. Had for about 10 years now just sitting, so like to bring her back to life with a while new upgrade rear and front suspension including shocks/struts. Just put a new battery, fresh Royal purple oil, k&n oil filter, and k&n air...
My ball joint popped out this morn. Looks like the cause is because the hole on the steering knuckle is worn oblong. So I need to replace the drivers side. The OE is discontinued. I'd rather not do used on an almost 25 yr old steering part. Anyone know of a good aftermarket alternative?