Dumb Dodge Neon Knuckle Q


#1

Dumb q…

replaced the ball bearing on my 2005 Dodge Neon. I am in the process of reinstalling the knuckle…one problem though on the lower bolt (one by the ball joint) there appears to be a piece of metal keeping the bolt from going though completely. It is dead in the center by the looks of it and looks as though it is there for a reason (not like a shrapnel piece). Tried moving it around a little and even jacking up a bit and nothing seems to work. Never have missed with suspension so I am unsure on how to go about on this…


#2

Are you talking about the lower strut attachment bolt hole on the knuckle? Any chance to take a picture? (Click on “Attach a file” below the comment window.)

(Edit: It looks like the ball joint attachment “pinch” bolt hole.)


#3

Got it off looks like that little groove is why…need to turn it 180. Any suggestions I’m thinking vice grips but again never done this.

And another q do I need to grease the axle when I reassmble everything?


#4

Looks like a pic of the ball joint. That should rotate pretty easily with pliers. Can you tell if there’s any grease under the rubber seal? Do you know anyone with a “needle” grease gun attachment to get some grease into the ball joint?

Very light grease on the axle splines wouldn’t hurt.


#5

I’ll ask my dad about the grease gun. He’s an old school mechanic this thing has even had him confused when I told him the retaining bolt would not go back in.


#6

Got off work early and was able to play around with it a bit took small pair of vices not even pressed on hard and turned. Will assemble in the morning when its cooler (and for the fact I gotta go to 2nd job).


#7

That ball joint needs to be lubricated. If it is difficult to turn it will not last long when put back in service. Lubricate the other side also.


#8

Was actually not to hard, just could not get grip with fingers. Vice was hardly on (i’m shocked they even snapped with the looseness and was a tiny pair. Gonna keep an eye on it will probably go ahead and replace before winter just to be on safe side did have a bit of leakage.


#9

Thanks for the update. Happy trails…