How to Replace a Ball Joint (in depth, ultimate guide)

Replacing a Lower Control Arm Ball Joint. Learn how to replace a lower ball joint by pressing it out of the control arm and pressing the new one back in. To watch the longer, in depth version, click the link below.
Replace a ball joint (short, fast version):

Here is where to get the ball joint press:
Torque Wrench I use:
Socket Set I use:
Ball Joints:

How to check your ball joints to see if they are bad:
In-Depth Version:
Upper Control Arm Replacement:
How To Press a Ball Joint:
How to Change a Wheel Bearing:

Torque Specs are for my 2001 Mazda B3000
(each make and model will have different torque specs so check your service manual for proper torque specs.)
-Lower Ball Joint
83-113 ft-lbs and tighten to the next slot for the cotter pin (don’t back the nut off)
-Upper Control Arm Ball Joint
-Caliper Bracket Bolts

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  • I appreciate you taking the time to do these videos! Really helps me keep my 99 Suburban maintained and running good and safe for my family! Thank you sir!

    Patrick Logston 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • Can u put a link to a cheaper ball joint press please Chris or anyone?

    Tristan Severtson 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • So, you use Advance Auto Part's press to replace the ball joint sourced from another business?  Real honest.

    William Warren 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • لو سمحت كام السعر وكيفيات التوصيل لمصر

    حسين ابو عنتر 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • Very good training. You saved me a lot of money…!

    Albert Sautner 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • The paper towel trick on the socket was awesome man thank you

    Brad 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • I didn't know they had permanent pressed ball joints, good to know and thanks for the vid

    sick of liberals 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • Hey guys need a little help!

    I'm looking to do this soon. in order to pass an inspection (VT). They claim it won't pass for 'driveabilty' reasons and noted that "My passenger side lower ball joint has a fair amount of play and will likely need replacing in order to pass" The drivers side is fine. I HAVE A 2003 RANGER

    Some questions I'd like input on:

    1) How does this process/steps differ from the Mazda vs. Ranger?
    2) Are torque specs the same?
    3) how do I know how much grease to put in (how much is too much?) AND what kind of grease should be used?
    4) Is it necessary to do BOTH balljoints when I just need to change one side?
    5) How do i test if it was done correctly?
    6) Any other tips for using the balljoint presser tool? Can you over press it?

    I hope someone can answer my questions. Or atleast some of them?

    PS. excellent videos Chris!

    I have a few questions

    borborygmus 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • thats a bad butterfly cotter pin installation.

    greyfortitude18 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • Do you have to worry about alignment when replacing ball joints?

    Ben C 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • Ball joints are tougher that hooker vagina meat to roll but they smoke damn nice… shit wrong ball joint.

    Ham Wallet 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • What clear, concise instructions! I have just subscribed and will recommend to friends! Thanks so much!

    Old Time Religion 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • I’ve done so much of my own car work thanks to you Chris. I’m confident enough now to tackle ball joints on my Jeep.


    Mikey Meatball 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • I think u gotta use the removing adapter on the set I could b wrong tho

    Sergio DO OR DIE 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • My next task for my caddy 😱😱 I hope it is as easy as you made it look lmao

    Thegaragechroniclez 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • AERO KROIL!!!! Aviation quality! Great straight forward videos!

    Mytwistedvoices 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • 2:08 face reveal

    The King 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • I'm 21 and bought my first car and your teaching me alot dude thank you I just watch your videos randomly but its teaching me alot lol

    Kota Sklitz 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • I am going to be replacing my lower ball joint but the new ones dont have a zerk fitting on them, and i have seen conflicting things some people say to use a grease needle to inject grease into it. other say using a needle will just make them wear out faster. Help??

    Meanstreak 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • Is there really no way of pressing the ball joint in without a press?

    sindriblue 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • I have a rattle in my steering wheel when I drive over bumps is that my ball joints? (Tie rods were just replaced)

    Evan Longley 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • How do i know ball joint is bad or worn?

    Pi Noy 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • God damn watching this very detailed video. The task intimidated me. Wish me luck 😅

    Is Really Drew 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • Years ago took my Olds to Sears for ball joints. That grease monkey did not have a press, just a hammer. The first swing severed my brake hose. I've had nightmares about ball joints ever since. This vid is therapeutic.

    James 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • Nice job!

    Juan Ramos 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • I am Indian man thanks

    suman mondal suman 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • You're the best sir. I just purchased a ball joint press through your amazon link. I hope you get a little kickback or something from it to help support your channel. Keep up the great work. From Arkansas

    Toxic Venom 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • Super 👍👍

    Bishkek Bishkek 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • Good job….

    Antonio Gonzalez 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • You’re amazing but I’m having issues with my 2002 Chevy s10 4.3 I can’t take off the lower joint please give me a little help????? 🥴🥴🥴

    7OUTDOORS4LIFE The buck hunter 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • Nevermind lol

    BETOEXT 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • Where can I get that ball joint kit

    BETOEXT 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • Good video men thank s much i need the ball join for my honda crv 2000 ex 5 speed 4×4 where can good parts buy 1 only work my car like for 8 mont broking pay 35 dollar auto zone tha 1 ball join look good 1

    Manuelito Rios 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • 👍🇹🇹

    gerard 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • I spent 2 years of my life in a E-coat paint factory watching, loading, and unloading parts on the line. I thing i see a few of them here too.

    Kale Mercer 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • How much this set of tools

    Omar Al Manding 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply
  • You didn’t use soapy wooder to clean your disc brakes

    Mekaniko Martilyo 02/19/2020 7:10 pm Reply

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