Dodge Journey: Diagnosis and Testing

LOWER BALL JOINT

1. Raise the vehicle allowing the front suspension to hang.

2. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.

3. Using Dial Indicator C-3339A, or equivalent, attach the dial indicator mount to the knuckle and align the dial indicator's plunger with the direction of the stud axis, touching the end of the ball joint stud in the lower control arm.

4. Push up on the lower control arm and zero the dial indicator.

NOTE: Use care when applying load to the knuckle as to avoid damaging the ball joint seal boot.

5. From the front of the vehicle, insert a pry bar between the knuckle and lower control arm, resting it on the lower control arm. Use lever principle to push the knuckle up from the lower control arm. Apply the load until the needle of the dial indicator no longer moves.

6. Record the ball joint movement. The end play is acceptable if no more than 1.0 mm (0.039 in.) of end play is achieved back-to-back.

7. Perform this procedure on each side of the vehicle as necessary.

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