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Old 09-08-2010, 05:57 PM   #1
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HELP! Upper ball joint keeps turning?!

I'm trying to get my lift all done up, but the upper ball joint where the castle nut goes keeps turning?! Is there a way to hold it in place enough to do it up and install the pin? Please help as I'm running out of sunlight.
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Old 09-08-2010, 06:12 PM   #3
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put some pressure down on the UCA to connect it with the spindle, make sure you torque it.
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Already tried that...seriously, no amount of downward pressure is helping. Do these things usually turn? The one on the passenger side went on no problem. I get like maybe one turn, and the whole assemble turns.
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You think if I got the nut started, and put the wheels on and lowered it that the weight of the vehicle would help hold it in place?
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The taper on the stud and spindle is what will keep it from turning. Did you jack up on the lower control arm until it starts to lift the truck off of the jack stand, then push down on the upper control arm.
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You think if I got the nut started, and put the wheels on and lowered it that the weight of the vehicle would help hold it in place?
Not a bad idea, but I would want more than one turn on the nut to hold it.
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I ended up putting the wheels back on with the nut started, and lowered it a bit with the jack...it went right in. Now I just need to figure out how to tighten up the one bolt on my sway bar, and get an alignment.
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What is the torque spec for the castle nut...couldn't find one...
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What is the torque spec for the castle nut...couldn't find one...
I think its about 45ftlbs
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Blast from the past...


Just did this today...used a ratchet strap to cinch down the UCA



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