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How to Replace Ball Joint 03-06 GMC Envoy XL

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  1. step : Removing the Wheel (0:46)
    • Pry off the center cap with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Loosen the lug nuts with the vehicle on the ground
    • Raise the vehicle with a floor jack
    • Secure the vehicle on jack stands
    • Remove the lug nuts
    • Pull off the wheel
  2. step : Removing the Ball Joint (1:11)
    • Separate the axle from its housing with a pry bar and a hammer
    • Unclip the brake line from its clips
    • Remove the ball joint retaining ring with a hammer and punch
    • Remove two 10mm bolts from the steering knuckle bracket
    • Apply penetrating oil to the control arm nut and bolt
    • Remove the 15mm nut and bolt from the control arm
    • Strike the control arm with a hammer to loosen it
    • Pull the steering knuckle forward
    • Support the wheel knuckle with wire ties
    • Cut off the ball joint boot with a razor
    • Fit a ball joint press to the ball joint
    • Tighten the press to press out the ball joint
    • Remove the ball joint press
    • Tap out the ball joint with a hammer
  3. step : Installing the New Ball Joint (4:22)
    • Push the new ball joint into place
    • Fit the ball joint press onto the ball joint
    • Tighten the ball joint press to press in the ball joint
    • Tap the ball joint in with a hammer
    • Tap the snap ring into place with a hammer and punch
    • If you are replacing the snap ring, put the new ring on with snap ring pliers
    • Push the steering knuckle into place
    • Push the control arm onto the ball joint
    • Tap the control arm onto the ball joint with a hammer
    • Start the 15mm nut and bolt into the control arm
    • Remove the wire ties from the steering knuckle
    • Push the axle into its housing
    • Tighten the 15mm nut to 50 foot-pounds of torque
    • Fasten the grease fitting onto the ball joint with a 10mm wrench
    • Add grease to the ball joint with a grease gun
    • Insert the two 10mm bolts into the steering knuckle bracket
    • Clip the brake line into place
  4. step : Reattaching the Wheel (7:00)
    • Slide the wheel into place
    • Start the lug nuts by hand
    • Tighten the lug nuts preliminarily
    • Lower the vehicle to the ground
    • Tighten the lug nuts to 100 foot-pounds in a crossing or star pattern
    • Reattach the center cap

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Hi, I'm Mike from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and next time you need parts for your vehicle, think of Thanks.

In this video, we're going to show you how to replace an upper ball joint on this 2003 GMC Envoy XL and we show you on the passenger's side but the driver's side is the same procedure. The items you'll need for this are a new upper ball joint from; flat blade screwdriver; 10, 15, and 19 millimeter socket and ratchet; 15 millimeter wrench; hammer; punch; snap ring pliers, depending on the condition of your old ring around your ball joint; razor; ball joint press; jack and jack stands; and a torque wrench.

Start off by removing your wheel and tire. Pry off the cap first. If you don't have the benefit of air tools, you want to loosen the lug nuts then raise and secure the vehicle on jack stands and remove the lug nuts that way. We have air tools so we put the vehicle up on jack and jack stands to remove the lug nuts and remove the wheel and tire.

Using a pry bar or a large flat blade screwdriver, just insert it in between the axle and the axle housing and just hammer it to separate the axle. Now, remove this clip here, and ours is broken so we're just going to use some wire cutters to remove the wire tie, but normally you just pry the clip open with the flat blade screwdriver. There's a rotating ring that holds the ball joint in. You want to use a punch and a hammer and you can see we do it before we release the upper control arm. You want to get that retaining ring out. Next, remove these two 10 millimeter bolts. We'll fast forward as Mike does that. Just pull the wheel knuckle forward and just make sure your axle pulls free and then support your wheel knuckle with wire ties or string just so that it's not being supported by those harnesses. We're just going to cut off this boot around the ball joint.

With this little tool, we'll be able to press on the hard part of the ball joint and we actually have the augment ours with another little attachment. Then this cup goes around the outside of the ball joint there. Put the press on here. Now, the press will be pushing around the edge of the ball joint and down into the cup and the cup is holding. It's not hitting the ball joint. It's holding around the steering knuckle. It's very important that you line everything up straight. Go nice and slow. You can see the ball joint has been pushed down and out.

Take your new ball joint and push it up into place. Push that up in. You need a sleeve to go up on top and this can just contact right against the bottom of your ball joint. We use the press to push the ball joint up and in and sometimes it helps to just use a hammer. You put a lot of pressure on with the press then use the hammer to get the ball joint, and seed it all the way in. If your old ring is still in good condition, just hit it back into place. Otherwise, use snap ring pliers and put the new snap ring into place.

Push the wheel knuckle back and then just push your upper control arm down on to the ball joint and hammer it down the rest of the way and just slide that bolt through. Replace the nut and make sure you remove your wire ties or string. Push the axle back into place. We'll fast forward as Mike tightens this up. Torque this to 50 foot-pounds. Twist the grease fitting into place and tighten it up with a 10 millimeter wrench. If you have a grease gun, just top it off. Then, just put the bolts back into place and re-clip your harness. Our clip is broken so we're just going to use a wire tie and then just tighten up those two 10 millimeter bolts.

Replace your wheel and replace the lug nuts and tighten them up preliminarily. Lower the vehicle, tighten the rest of the way and torque each of them to a hundred foot-pounds in a crossing pattern. Once you have them torqued, replace you cap then you should be all set.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Floor Jack
  • Jack Stands
  • Hammer
  • Razor Blade / Gasket Scraper

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Rust Penetrant
  • Bearing Grease
  • Wire Ties

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Wire Cutters

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet
  • Torque Wrench

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Pry Bar

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 15mm Socket
  • 19mm Socket
  • 10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Ball Joint Press
  • Grease Gun

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 15mm Wrench
  • 10mm Wrench

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