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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-22-2003, 09:24 AM
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This is what the FSM recommends. Moog says 50-60. 120 seems like way too much, is this a typo? I went with the moog spec but was just curious what the deal was with the FSM spec. Anyone know? Thanks.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-22-2003, 09:35 AM
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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.
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-22-2003, 10:02 AM
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I beleive my FSM for 1996 lists 61ftlb for upper ball joint.
 
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-22-2003, 06:39 PM
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It was a typo.

The correct torque is 61 upper, 83 lower.

Interestling enough, though the FSM listed far too high of a torque, the factory did not torque them enough in some cases...
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-26-2003, 12:31 AM
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- I over torqued mine then.

What do I do, loosen and torque properly? Nothing?

-Jay
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-26-2003, 06:32 AM
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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.
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-26-2003, 08:52 AM
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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.
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-29-2003, 12:01 AM
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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?
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-29-2003, 07:52 AM
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<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.
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-30-2003, 12:33 AM
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- Mike, Spaughman, Thanks. I'll do it tomorrow.

Stupid me. I know that info is posted here on the forum somewhere. Bill Harper probably reminded me about it in one of his e-mails, too.

I've been diagnosed with the Age Virus. Seems to be advancing. It's terminal you know.

-Jay
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