How to Install a Ball Joint Pinch Bolt

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Learn how to install a ball joint pinch bolt in this free auto repair video.

Part of the Video Series: How to Replace a CV Joint
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Video Transcript

In this clip, we're going to talk about the proper service procedure in order to remove and replace a broken CV joint also known as a drive shaft on a front-wheel drive vehicle. In this step, we're going to talk about the proper service procedure for reinstalling your ball joint pinch bolt. What I'm going to do is just bend right over underneath the vehicle. Take the nut off of course. And slide it into the hole. Once I have it started in the hole, it may be necessary to tap the ball joint bolt through. You're going to take and tap the bolt all the way through until the shoulder of the bolt head is seated firmly against the lower portion of the spindle. Now that you have your ball joint bolt tapped all the way through, you're going to go ahead and take and start on the retaining nut and spin it down as far as you can hand tight. Now these nuts by design are self locking and you can only get it on about four or five threads before your ratchet and wrench is going to be necessary. Once you have your nuts spun down as far as you can by hand, you can take your socket wrench and wrench and hold the bolt and tighten nut down to it. They're your typical lefty loosey, righty tighty kind of fasteners. It is a hardened grade A bolt, so you want to go ahead and put a decent amount of tension on the bolt. Right there. That is the proper way to install and tighten your ball joint pinch bolt.


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