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Old 01-22-2010, 08:54 PM
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Ball Joint Replacement

Gotta replace the driver side upper and lower ball joints on my 1996 250 4wd. Got started this evening and took apart the brakes, hub locker and got down to where the spindle nut is and apparently gotta have some special socket i was unaware of beforehand. What exactly is this tool called? Just a spindle nut socket? Also, anybody have suggestions on other issues i may run into when i get back at it in the mornin? Thanks for the help
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I took it off with some large screw drivers and gentle force. I am serious about the gentle part.
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Old 01-22-2010, 09:02 PM
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well i gave it a go with the screw driver for a minute and it seems pretty tight and i was a little worried but messin somethin up in there. also, are there different sizes of spindle nut sockets? i'm assuming yes. in which case, which size am i lookin for?
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your looking for a dana 50 or 60 spindle socket it the real big one with 4 prongs on the end of it. You can get them at most parts stores but make sure it the right one because the one you need is hard to find in my area.
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Got mine from the snap on guy. It has a wierd moon shape on the inside around the socket.think it set me back like 30 bucks. They will definitely have what you need.I'll try to post ya a pic

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Old 01-23-2010, 03:06 PM
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i got mine a carquest
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do you have auto hubs or manual? auto zone has them for like 6 bucks
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Old 01-23-2010, 05:58 PM
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Mine is a K D part #3246
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well ended up findin the tool at autozone. set me back 20 bucks. but after some trouble i finally got the balls changed out
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