View Full Version : Ball joint up and down play. 1/8--1/4?

October 20th, 2017, 15:51
Wheel off and jack stand under axle, I can lift hub/knuckle up 1/4" pretty easily.
Sound correct to you guys?

Jeep Driver
October 20th, 2017, 15:59
Ah........yeah...........that's toast.

October 23rd, 2017, 04:30
Ah........yeah...........that's toast.

I agree it is toast. Were you having issues from it? The upper ball joint is designed to move vertically. Safe to replace it but it isnít the end of the world especially if you arenít off-roading.

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October 24th, 2017, 17:29
Removed plug on bottom joint and filled it with grease. All up and down play removed.

I'll let you know if it lasts or not.

Bjoints have 2 to 3 hundred thousand miles btw

October 25th, 2017, 19:39
Ball joints are supposed to be tight with little or no play, only swivel. Replace it. Grease will not fix anything.

October 25th, 2017, 22:55
Grease will not fix anything.

I would do all four.

October 26th, 2017, 04:19
Buy 2 X SPICER 706944X BALL JOINT KITS, install, and be done with it. 1/8-1/4" is a huge amount of slop. Your tires will thank you for it and you won't end up on the side of the road with your wheel stuff sideways under your fender.