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Changing ball joints & tie rods on 2000 2wd 4runner. What tools do I need?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by cmf21, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. Oct 25, 2011 at 1:33 PM
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    cmf21

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    Do I need to get a tie rod end pulley, ball joint puller, pickle fork thing or what. Is there one tool that'll do everything. Also, how do the ball joints, etc go back in. Do they have to be pressed in or just pushed into place and tightend down to suck them in?
     
  2. Oct 25, 2011 at 5:22 PM
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    ball joints need a press i believe tie rod ends can be taken apart with the tierod end tool inner tierod just screws off
     
  3. Oct 25, 2011 at 6:43 PM
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    Grey wire and keyless entry. I like stock.
    If you're replacing upper and lower ball joints and the tie rod ends, then just use a fork. Whack the shit out of them and they'll come loose. You'll need a press for the uppers only and some loctite for the lower ones where the four screws go. The tie rod ends just unscrew once the lock nut is loosened.
    Fyi, I can never get the Autozone rental press to work on my Taco due to that little bump out on the arm right below the ball joint.
     
  4. Oct 25, 2011 at 9:03 PM
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    pickle fork+BFH

    get er done...
     
  5. Oct 26, 2011 at 9:06 AM
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    what he said
     
  6. Oct 26, 2011 at 9:16 AM
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    yep ive done mine just barely, just need a pickle fork (less then 20 bucks at autozone) for the lower ball joints, and tie rod ends is the same thing, you dont need to press it back in just tighten it and put the little lock pin back. dont ask me about the upper ball joints witch my truck doesn't have upper ball joints so ya i dont no anything about the upper balls.
    I just remembered. you are going to need a big ass socket to get the wheel hub out of the way if it a 4x4 the one that is screwed to the cv axle... find out because i forgot what size is it, you can just rent it from autozone because it does cost like 20 dollars just for that socket.
     
  7. Oct 27, 2011 at 5:43 AM
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    Grey wire and keyless entry. I like stock.
    That's more work than need be. Just pull the CV from the diff and pull it out too. You have to remove the sway bar links to gain clearance, but it's a lot easier than removing the CV from the hub itself. Learned that one the hard way. I got really pissed taking that CV out of the hub on one side, just to learn what I was doing wrong on the other from a friend.
     
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