Replacing the Saab 9000 lower balljoints
The front hubs on the Saab 9000 are attached to the lower suspension arm by means of a ball joint to allow the hub to swivel. These will eventually wear, leading to problems with steering and handling, as well as being a failure point on the UK MOT and presumably on the statutory inspections in other countries. This procedure describes how I changed the balljoints on my '96 Aero.
I actually replaced one of these while I had the hub off the car for other reasons. This was rather easier than changing the joint on the car, and I recommend replacing the ball joints if the hub is removed and the ball joint has seen a few miles. However, the procedure I describe here is for replacing the ball joint with the hub still on the car.
Please note that it is recommended to use new nuts and bolts when fitting the new joint. The place that supplied the ball joint, Euro Car Parts, listed the set of nuts and bolts as a separate item.
Naturally, this will vary with both the individual and what they find when they get there. However, this took me about forty minutes for one side. This was my first time and it took me a little while to figure out how to separate the balljoint from the hub. I could probably do it again in less than half an hour, following the procedure below. Naturally I wouldn't be taking notes and photographs, either.
I assume some basic tools, such as a jack, axle stands, socket set, etc. However I do not assume you will already have all the necessary metric socket and spanner sizes, especially if you are in the USA. Here is a list so you can make sure you have all the necessary sizes before you start.
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