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By YOUCANIC on Dec 19, 2018

How to change Kia Lower Ball Joint

This is a step-by-step guide on how to change lower ball joints on most Kia vehicles. These instructions and pictures are for 2011-2016 Kia Optima but owners of Kia Cadenza, K900, Soul, Niro, Sportage, Sorento, Sedona, Forte, Rio will also find these instructions helpful. 

What you will need


Raise vehicle

Make sure to place vehicle in Park and engage the parking brakes. Jack up your vehicle and place jack stands under the car. Next, remove the front wheel. kia forte lower ball joint replacment guide

Remove 3-bolts

Remove the bolts that hold the lower ball joint in place. diy ball joint kia

Remove nut and bolt

Remove bolt by the knuckle. This will allow you to lower the ball joint. how to change ball joint kia optima diy replacement guide

Replace ball joint

Remove the old ball joint. You may need to use a fork in order to separate your old ball joint from the knuckle. how to replace ball joint kia rio diy guidInstall in reverse order and tighten the bolts according to specifications. remove replace install new ball joint kia sedona

An alignment is recommended after ball joints are replaced to ensure good tire wear.

Lower ball joint replacement cost for Kia is under $100 when you change the ball joints yourself. Changing ball joint on Kia vehicles is easy.

You may consider replacing the lower control arm together with the ball joint. This is an alternative if you have a pressed ball joint type don't want to deal with pressing the ball joint in and out of the control arm. 


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