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Old 04-09-2012, 06:50 AM
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Ball Joint Replacement Question

I'm replacing the upper and lower ball joints in my 2002 4WD Excursion. I've never done this before.

I noticed that after I installed the new Ball joints and hung the knuckle back on the axle, cinching down the upper and lower ball joint nuts tightly, that the Knuckle did not turn right and left as easily. In fact it was quite stiff.

Is this normal, or should I loosen up on those ball joint nuts?

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Old 04-09-2012, 06:59 AM
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Normal, new joints are tight at first, 100miles down the road and it'll be back to where you'd expect

(tightening the bolts has nothing to do with that, make sure they're good & tight!)
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:53 AM
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Thanks, NoRalPhs!
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x2^^ Mine felt the same way at first but im sure they broke in after a few hundred miles
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Just did mine friday, they were stiff as well. Like the others have said that is normal.
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