From: Paul Guzyk
Symptom(s): loose sloppy steering
We all know upper ball joints are easy to change, but the lower ones
on my project van were shot also. I decided to see if I could do it
without the help of a machine shop or fabricating any tools.
I was able to accomplish the task with two expensive yet "free"
loaner tools from Canadian Tire. I'm pretty sure these loaner tools
are also available from Autozone in the US.
I don't know if this procedure (and tools) will work on 85 up
Vanagons (or Syncros) but I'd imagine they will. Perhaps another 2.1
person can report their findings?
1980-84 Vanagon Lower Ball Joint replacement photo procedure:
FYI: Free Loaner tools (deposit required) available at many Canadian
Tire, Autozone etc. stores
Free in the Android Market, the Vanagon Rescue Squad app for Android
phones. Scan the QR or search the
Market for Vanagon.
NEW! Now on the App Store for iPhone and iPad.