The rear "A" frame on a
Land Rover Defender 110 and Range Rover connects the axle centre point to the chassis to prevent
sideways and torsional movement.
Clonk noise when pulling off or accelerating after slowing down, also when braking after
accelerating. This suspension clonk is especially noticeable in a Defender.
To replace this ball joint you will need:
Firm bench mounted vice
NEW ball joint (Quality varies - be careful)
1. Remove the split pin retaining the ball joint nut.
2. Loosen but don't remove the nut
3. Remove the two bolts and nuts holding the two "A"
frame arms to the ball joint carrier.
4. Knock the ball joint and carrier out of the axle seat
from below. Remove the nut and take the carrier to
the bench vice.
5. Remove the two securing bolts and carefully cut off
the wings of the old ball joint, taking care not to
damage the carrier.
6. Invert the carrier and support it in the vice so that the
threaded holes are resting on the vice jaws and the
ball joint is free to be beaten downwards.
7. Using suitable spacers beat the rounded end of the
ball joint until it is free of the carrier.
8. To fit the new ball joint, get two, long, fully threaded
bolts with the same thread as the originals.
9. Fit the bolts and tighten gently. Tighten the bolts
firmly and then tap the ball joint until the bolts are
loose, continue the procedure until the ball joint is in
firmly. Do not bend the wings of the new ball joint.
Once the joint is firmly fitted to the carrier, fit the retaining
bolts and reverse the removal procedure.
The bolt must be checked one week after final fitting, they sometimes
loosen a little and need a "retorque"