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Old 06-05-13, 07:28 PM   #136
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I must have been doing something wrong then, this didn't work for either side, ball joint or tie rod. Ended up using pickle forks, worked great, didn't care about the boots/joints since I was putting all new ones on anyway.
Same here!!! I bang the living crap on it and it never came loose. So I used a fork and two hits it was loose. Only took two hours to do both side not bad at all.
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Thanks for all the info, had my ball joints checked was told they were bad. lexus quoted $980.00 and need my gs400 all day. I did it myself in a hour and half. Thanks again for all the info
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Thanks for all the info, had my ball joints checked was told they were bad. lexus quoted $980.00 and need my gs400 all day. I did it myself in a hour and half. Thanks again for all the info
make sure you get a alignment... Wow that is ridiculous quote from Lexus...
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Thanks for all the info, had my ball joints checked was told they were bad. lexus quoted $980.00 and need my gs400 all day. I did it myself in a hour and half. Thanks again for all the info

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Great write up. Had my lower fall apart on me (Just got the car a week before and saw the ball joints oozing grease, just hadn't fixed it yet. Luckily it was as I was pulling out of a parking spot so I didn't damage anything except the ABS/VSC sensor. Thanks for referencing hardware sizes, saved me a ton of trouble.
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So appreciate seeing your post on lower ball joint removal, I have never done anything like this and the shop wanted Huge money to do it. Where did you order your parts from? I have a 98 GS400 with 105K ,Love the car !
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So appreciate seeing your post on lower ball joint removal, I have never done anything like this and the shop wanted Huge money to do it. Where did you order your parts from? I have a 98 GS400 with 105K ,Love the car !
This is a great thread for you from one of our newest members.. Just about everything you need for a front end refresh with part numbers and with 105k your due for most of these items...

http://www.clublexus.com/forums/susp...front-end.html
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So after throwing on my Moog ball joints i got this...any ideas as to why?
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you probably did something to the abs sensor when installing the ball joints
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you probably did something to the abs sensor when installing the ball joints
Yeah I tried to put the calipers on some blocks so that they wouldn't hang from the brake line but they did slip at one point. Any way to fix this?
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Hey guys, I'm looking at getting the ball joints replaced on my GS as a pre-caution. Did any of you have to replace upper control arms? Sounds like that is the pricey part of the fix and I'm wondering if I need to worry about that.

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^^Not sure about the control arms but a lot of members also replace the tie rods while they''re at it. It's fairly cheap too if you get it from Rockauto.com.
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yea since your there you might as well do the tie rods, and upper control arms. I'm sure the upper and lower ball joints are pretty loose.
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This thread is awesome, thanks so much! I see mention and one posted video of how to "hit" tie rods and ball joints out, but I did not see a video specifically for Lexus.

I tackled the LBJ's this past weekend. For those of you that cannot get your LBJ off using the hammer method, I took a quick video to specifically show how I did it. 1998 GS400 with 118K miles. Pull up on it and keep hitting it. It will go - trust me. As for the tie rod, I just used a pitman arm remover because it was sitting there. I was too scared to bang on that one, but I really just should have done it.

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rock auto for all your suspension needs is a good place to start. please read other posts on what brands to buy. thanks
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