Noob here

Discussion in 'Member Introductions' started by redvr4, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. redvr4

    redvr4 New Member

    Hi all I'm a noob from St. Louis Mo area and in need of a little advice.

    I have a 97 Savana G1500 and the upper ball joints need to be replaced.
    I am generally capable of doing these things with no problem but can someone tell me if there is a way of pulling or pressing the "Upper" balljoints out without the special press that is supposedly required?

    It really looks to me like I could use a pickle fork up on top of the upper control arm and under the top mounting plate for the ball joint but I'm not sure that's a great idea.

  2. dwill3015

    dwill3015 Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    Welcome to the site Bill! I'm sure someone here will have an answer for you shortly.
  3. unplugged

    unplugged Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Never done it on a full size van, but it should be like most others equipped with press fit ball joints. You can rent the tool from your local AutoZone. You should be able to press it out without removing the control arm.

  4. Springthing

    Springthing Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Welcome to the GMTC, and good luck with your repairs.
  5. redvr4

    redvr4 New Member


    That press won't work on this ball joint.
  6. unplugged

    unplugged Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    You mentioned the use of a press. None is required if your ball joints are riveted and you don't remove the control arm. Drill out the rivets and install the ball joint using the bolts provided by the mfg. Be sure to torque to spec. It is recommended that you remove the upper control arm to do this work, but maybe you can see a way to get the clearance needed to drill the rivets without doing that. For specific instructions follow dwill3015's post.
  7. bassalive

    bassalive Rockstar 100 Posts

    Amen, last post by unplugged is the way out brother.
  8. bassalive

    bassalive Rockstar 100 Posts

    I had a polaris 4 wheeler in my garage last winter with a guy lookin for a press. He pounded and beat for an hour he said. I'll take it out in 2 seconds with one hand behind my back I said as I lit the
  9. redvr4

    redvr4 New Member


    Well this kind of sucks. I followed the link as specified and at first glance it looks exactly like what ALLDATA.DIY looks like except for the explaination. It is almost an identical picture and is the exact tool number but the tool according to your site is only needed for the lower balljoint.

    Thanks guys now I am ready to do a probably pretty easy job.
  10. jprimrose4292

    jprimrose4292 Member

    welcome to the site. Good luck on the ball joint

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