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Old 09-19-2021, 10:12 AM   #23471
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How do I get the Snap Ring back on the Lower Ball Joint?

I got the old one off by prying and popping it off. I can't reinstall that way, though.

Some of them are a real bitch to install. Especially the ones you have that are particularly wide. Theoretically snap ring pliers should work. I’ve have to use picks, needle nose pliers, screwdrivers, and a hammer on those thick ones.
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Old 09-19-2021, 01:01 PM   #23472
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The lower ball joint is fully seated. That's not an issue.

I've got the heavy duty snap-ring pliers, but they just don't quite open it up enough to slide over. I wonder why these are built so tight?

I'm going to try using the ball joint press on the Snap Ring. Maybe that will work.
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Old 09-20-2021, 12:14 AM   #23473
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Finished the Upper and Lower Ball joints.

A local shop pointed out that the Upper Ball Joints needed replacing, but it was going to be $500 in labor and parts. I got the parts myself, and realized the Lower Ball Joints were worn pretty bad while I had the spindle off.

So, I picked up a pair of Lower Ball Joints and a Ball Joint press from a local parts store.

I wasn't able to get the Snap Ring back on from the new parts. Instead, I reused the old snap rings.

That was a lot of work.
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Old 09-20-2021, 12:26 AM   #23474
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What does the snap ring do on the 2wd? The 4wd doesn't have that. The hardest part for me on the 4wd (besides needing a bigger person with a BFH as my scrawny ass is 135lbs soaking wet) was being fat enough to get the upper arm down so I could secure it back to the upper ball joints!



As my car has been in the shop, I don't have a smoke machine and a failed joint in the radiator I've been daily driving the truck at 16.5-17.5MPG. I look forward to driving the car again but I have been enjoying the truck except on hot smoky days. No AC.
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Old 09-20-2021, 12:32 AM   #23475
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The lower ball joint presses up into the control arm. For whatever reason, Nissan decided to hold it in place with a great big snap ring instead of 4 bolts like the upper ball joints use.

I'm sure there was a great reason why, but I don't know it.

Are you serious only 135 lbs? Jesus. I'm 220, and that's because I've been dieting. I was at 250 this summer.
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Old 09-20-2021, 02:13 AM   #23476
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As my car has been in the shop, I don't have a smoke machine and a failed joint in the radiator I've been daily driving the truck at 16.5-17.5MPG. I look forward to driving the car again but I have been enjoying the truck except on hot smoky days. No AC.
Deerhurst, have you seen the Youtube video by BREW2L and his Mr Fusion smoke machine? It's on my list of things to build besides 10-12 models that have been in storage several years.
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Old 09-20-2021, 02:28 AM   #23477
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Deerhurst, have you seen the Youtube video by BREW2L and his Mr Fusion smoke machine? It's on my list of things to build besides 10-12 models that have been in storage several years.

I have not. I think I need one though.


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The lower ball joint presses up into the control arm. For whatever reason, Nissan decided to hold it in place with a great big snap ring instead of 4 bolts like the upper ball joints use.

I'm sure there was a great reason why, but I don't know it.

Are you serious only 135 lbs? Jesus. I'm 220, and that's because I've been dieting. I was at 250 this summer.



Yes. 5'8", 135 with my clothes on. Am not a big guy. After getting the china flu and sleeping for about 3 days and eating only half a sleeve of ritz crackers I lost a few pounds. 4 weeks later I'm still under 130.
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Old 09-20-2021, 02:39 AM   #23478
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I'm sure there was a great reason why, but I don't know it.

Are you serious only 135 lbs? Jesus. I'm 220, and that's because I've been dieting. I was at 250 this summer.
A lot of cars are like that. I need to do the ones in our 4runner, and the upper ones use a big snap ring. This is a great set of pliers if you're in need of some for future jobs:

https://www.amazon.com/Lang-Tools-12.../dp/B005MVB6TG

And god damn, I haven't been 135 since I smoked. I'm just glad I haven't gained any weight over the past year of sitting in front of a computer all day. I try and walk a couple miles a day, and I think that probably has a lot to do with it.
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Got the brake job started on the left side this evening and got it all torn down to the spindle. The old rotor has a 1.0mm - 1.5mm lip on the outer diameter, pulled the bearing cap off of the bearing, pulled the bearing out, no scoring or pitting on it, and it looks in great shape(but I will replace it), lots of crud down there to be wire brushed and degreased with some Purple Power or a commercial grade degreaser we use at work on engines, pulled the hub along with the rotor and will need to remove the 6 bolts that hold the hub to the rotor, removed the rotor’s metal shield and hung the caliper up to avoid stretching the brake line. I might change the brake line out due to age. Doesn’t appear to have any apparent issues upon a visual inspection. But...

To be continued...
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A lot of cars are like that. I need to do the ones in our 4runner, and the upper ones use a big snap ring. This is a great set of pliers if you're in need of some for future jobs:

https://www.amazon.com/Lang-Tools-12.../dp/B005MVB6TG

And god damn, I haven't been 135 since I smoked. I'm just glad I haven't gained any weight over the past year of sitting in front of a computer all day. I try and walk a couple miles a day, and I think that probably has a lot to do with it.
You have spent more time on various vehicles than I have. Do you know why these vehicles use snap rings to hold the lower ball joints in instead of bolts like the tops do? Maybe because the bolts would be somewhere more prone to rust? Just curious.
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