Fix Ball Joint(MOOG) to Lower Control Arm – Nissan press-fit Screw Type.  Part 10/10
Fix Ball Joint(MOOG) to Lower Control Arm – Nissan press-fit Screw Type. Part 10/10

in this video we’re going to take a time out to replace the lower ball joint for the left side double wishbone independent suspension so we are finished with replacing the stabilizer link and the stabilizer bar support mouth so this will not cause any issue with the suspension before with the broken stabilizer link or the loose stabilizer link it will cause the suspension to bounce up and down promoting a uneven wear to the tire now we must fix the slower control arm ball joint so we could maintain suspension control let’s take a look at this video and you will see when this side of the control arm suspension hits a bump how it loses control for a brief movement and then regain control of the road let’s get ready to install a ball joint like this into the lower control arm and this is the nut that you catch but you’re going to want to reconsider installing an inferior ball joint like this and compared to one like this you see this is a move ball joint this company sets the standard in suspension engineering I’m not getting paid to promote this company I’ve been using these products all my life which is approximately thirty five years in the mechanic industry a great success when you look at this inferior ball joint it’s brand new let’s see how thin the alloy is and compared to the move plus you get a better not to hold the ball joint in position you also notice the move has a spine fitted to it instead of this smooth crappy fitting so we’re going to use this it also has a grease fitting so the ball joint could last you a lifetime in the vehicle this does not have that this one is going to keep you buying so this is the best way to go here I have the socket that we’re going to use for removing it’s not so this socket is one inch and 7/8 you’re going to have to purchase this essentially for this removal but this one is made specifically for this side ball joint and it’s a little bigger than and not on this ball joint this one here so I’ll have to buy a reducer which is 1/2 inch which is a three quarter to half inch so this is a 3/4 inch socket so I will just put this in here and then I could use my half-inch breaker bar to remove the nut and I want to remove the not yet I just want to take this chisel and lean back and latches that locks the nut onto the Bulge on here is what you should be looking at so you see how the ear for ear is lean back inward to make easy removal for the nut let’s get some penetrating oil make the removal easy and resistant free so this is my half inch breaker bar it’s about two feet tall I have to put some muscle into this so they’re successful at removing nut that holds the ball joint in position now I just want to take the hammer preferably the point inside because we don’t want to damage your threads you can give this to a friend you cannot afford a new ball joint so you can get true that is what we want you can always replace this with a new grease boot clean out the grease and fill it with new and it’s just as inferior as this one let’s use the good old purple blaster that contain a sittings low we want to catch all this grime take a little brush just pin up in here some water in another can spray it down don’t want to use so much water then you’re going to read up all over the place and next thing you know you’re going to be laying in a mess looking like a dog always clean and stay clean so I’m going to let that dry let’s give it some fling I’ll make it look good if it was up to me I think it opens along just pink so this paint is insurance what it does it’s basically going to create a seal for us inside that hole when we decide the pressed ball joint up into its fitted circumference so we just want to take some grease and we’re going to apply it on the spline section of the ball joint because this spline is basically going to bite itself and to the side and this is what’s gonna hold the ball joint sturdy inside the control arm now when we look at this ball joint it has to be installed in a predetermined direction because of this grease fitting we don’t want this grease fitting to face forward because all the dust and particle is going to crash into the grease ball and that’s going to cause a problem greasing the ball joint we don’t want to have it face too rare because we don’t have clearance on the edge of the lower control arm so we will have to face the grease nipple inwards so this is going to be a little tough to fit the easiest way to do this is just to put the nut back on the ball joint itself so if you have a big enough c-clamp you can simply place the socket back on top of control arm joins the c-clamp on top of the socket and the ball joint and you could draw ball joint into the lower control arm but since this C clamp is not big enough we’re going to have to resort to a lot of solution here is the best setup that I could create for starting the installation of the ball joint to the lower control arm we will simply turn the C clamp and this will draw the ball joint into its installment hole it’s going to have to be careful with this so the only reason is that what we just did so we can have a start on this love we always want to make sure we check area where we’re installing the ball joint so this ball joint is actually should be pressed into position instead of using the screw to draw it into position so I’m just going to flip the knot around because it has a beveled edge the cater for the curve because I don’t want this sharp edge to cutting into the ball joint here is how you got to know that the installation is finalized you will notice the nut seat below the surface of the ball joint when we look at the other one for the other side see with the nut fully installed it will leave this gap in between for the sheet metal on the lower control arm to compress itself so what we’re going to do now is to secure this nut to the ball joint check under the control arm to make sure that the ball joint is seated perfectly against the control arm and the grease nipple is pointing inwards so it will be easy to lube the ball joint during service we must now remove the nut once again see all that metal shaving well that will contribute to corrosion and eat away at the joint where the ball joint is pressed into the control arm so we must clean this area with some car cleaner preferably brake cleaner and we want to dry we’re going to use a roll of masking tape this is going to protect the threads we don’t want to get paint on threads because we’re going to have to torque the Nook for the ball joint so by covering the threads is an effort to give us a true torque when we’re ready to torque the knot so the paint is the only line of defense and protection from corrosion paint is dry and you can remove the masking tape I want to play some treadle up threads mostly inside of the nut so this is basically duplicating what the engineer did to the nut by punching it in the four corners to lock them up to the ball joint now we will torque its nut to the factory recommendation and that has finalized the installation of the lower ball joint

18 thoughts on “Fix Ball Joint(MOOG) to Lower Control Arm – Nissan press-fit Screw Type. Part 10/10”

  1. Logjam5 says:

    Lov'in  your Nisan video volumes!

  2. chris travis says:


  3. Jose Rodriguez says:

    Steve, Is that socket a 48mm ? Thanks.

  4. MrSpartan117fan says:

    Nice videos keep it up . The one thing i dont agree with is putting grease on metal to metal surfaces to be pressed makes it harder to press in since the grease takes up space and offers more resistance

  5. a wc says:

    great tutorial , Thank you so much, will be changing mine on a 03 frontier 2wd

  6. Vince Ruland says:

    What is the factory spec torque for the nut?

  7. Proyecto Aventurero says:

    Is the same for nissan pick up 1995 4WD 1995

  8. Oscar Tadeo says:

    Very descriptive and good tips on positioning for future maintenance.

  9. luis perez says:

    Steve a question what is the measurement of the lower ball joint 87-108 or 87-123 pounds

  10. Max Bitel says:

    Steve, what kind of paint do you use? I live in the pacific northwest, so lots of rain and lots of salt on the roads – everything rusts like crazy. Hoping to paint and protect components as I work on them, but want something that cures quickly so I don't have to wait days after painting!

  11. Janax713 says:

    Same procedure on a 02 Xterra?

  12. Michael S says:

    You should never press on the stud of a ball joint, tools exist to install this properly.

  13. Oscar Diaz says:

    Hello Steve… What type of paint do you use for the LCA?

  14. Jose Miranda says:

    Hi. Steve
    Lately I have been pouring tons of money on my 2004.
    It looks like now the problem is a lower ball joint, driver side.
    Would you able to give me a list of the tools I need for this project?
    By far the best video I watch on this topic.

  15. andyldc1 says:

    Thanks found it very useful 👌 Andy in the UK

  16. ex Td says:

    That was the best filming I've seen. Great idea on the under the car video while driving.

  17. sbecktacular says:

    I will buy you a ratcheting wrench so you don’t have to keep removing the drive

  18. Adam DiMaggio says:

    what was the Torque of the lower ball joint ??

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