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Come along with me in this video as I finish the job that was started in part I (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33T1b4alccY) on this 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan...
Remember this video is for entertainment purposes only, all procedures shown are completely wrong and should not be followed in any way, please refer to shop service manual for the proper repair procedure.

49 thoughts on “Dodge grand caravan lower ball joint – part ii”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kerry Marris says:

    Don't even offer the thumbs down option, your really easy to follow, and I like your saying, but you didn't say anything about zert, or the torque on that lock nut.. Kerry Grant luvs mother earth and not pludoctats fracking narssistic psyopathic autocrats.

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  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Powel Cuber says:

    I just bought one of these Grand Caravans new- last year. As soon as my bumper to bumper warranty is over, I will take my front end apart and apply anti-seize compound to the splines of my CV axles. Thank you, for showing me future potential problems.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars CHRISTOPHER D HERMAN says:

    I admire your attention to detail.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Carl Kraus says:

    I've never seen a half shaft rusted up like that. Now I know.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cuong Nguyen says:

    Good jobs

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rodney Miller says:

    Now I see why a job like this made take so long. Thanks man!

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Bohanon says:

    still scared 😉

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rookie says:

    You could have saved so much time and energy by inching down the ball joint while giving space for the bolt. DOH!!

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Wino Kitty says:

    Put never seez on the new spline before installation. I have 2 dodge vans I bought new, a 98 and 2000 and it's 10/21 now. If they don't get taken out because of an accident, they might be going for another 10 years, so I prep replacement parts where I can for another replacement down the line. The new replacement parts are not as good as the OEM parts in most cases and will not have as long a life.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Simon Stork says:

    Love your videos..it’s a warts and all kinda thang..way way better than those other instructional videos. Keep em coming Eric O.

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ghhtrainmaster says:

    Ya need a one inch impact 😛

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Danny Thompson says:

    As a DIY"er, I appreciate your honesty and loyalty to your customers Eric. I made the mistake of taking my nissan to a local shop for a alternator swap (had part), and after the repair, I was left with a car that 'died' after 6 miles. down the street. Wannabe mechanic never plugged it up…field coil…left my wheel well splash shield dangling and rubbing tire, and my windshield washer reservoir unbolted and putting its 'full of fluid"' pressure on the splash shield. Not to mention forgot to tighten the serpentine belt. Had to finish the other 'Repairs" myself. Shop refused to after coming back. Back to doing My Own work again…

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Robbins says:

    It’s stuff like this that makes me glad I have a good mechanic to take my vehicles to…. we get a lot of used vehicle out of Michigan that have the same issues that you face…. RUST…

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars andreah53 says:

    would it be a good idea to change the upper and lower ball joints at the same time

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ronald Morrison says:

    You often say at the end of your videos, "If I can do it, you can do it" but sometimes it is better if I pay someone like you to do the job for me. You have the tools and the knowledge for the job, I'd have to learn what tools I would need and then muddle my way through the job. The school of hard knocks sometimes has a very hefty tuition.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert mitchell says:

    Us hillbillies always use a sledgehammer on the cars usually straightens them right out

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeremy Mckinna says:

    I actually had a lower ball joint fail going to work one morning in my 89 Silverado I was only going 25 but it was still scary enough

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars xelaju8 says:

    I am watching this video in July 2021 Thanks for sharing.

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lil'Eevee says:

    Gotta love when an easy job throws you a curve ball. Happens to be often living in a salt state. I never come to a job without my torch and some hammers

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars untidyman says:

    My third time doin mine soon !.

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars markam campbell says:

    are you going to do the other side too?

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Victor Pena says:

    👏👍 Good Job!! Thank God, they use Sand here in Texas and not Salt!
    If you'd move your shop here, you'd be doing your jobs in Half the time.
    Just sayin'.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars chrischenusa 63 says:

    I hate rusty axles, good job as always.

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Murphy says:

    Great come back Eric. You got er done in the end as per usual. Good man.

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Frank Allen Jr says:

    The Slo mo sledge hammer action was awesome!
    I work at a shop in florida. We get the snowbirds here during the winter and I work on my fair share of rusty brakelines
    and rusty suspension components. I cringe when I have to work on rusted crap.
    Lol

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Thomas Turner says:

    What? No music for "the good stuff? Lol

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars motokev says:

    Why did you put a new axle on ?

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shane Harrison says:

    Some days your the fly and other times your the windsheild.

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Seamus Murphy says:

    YUP SAME ISSUE HERE! New hampshire rust is worse!!. spent all night on one side! i put the silver junk on the splines this time ! and yeah… OH AND BY THE BY…this ball joint did in fact have a rusty, barely noticable. c-clip on inside…THANKS FOR THE COMPANY ERIC O!! misery loves company

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Seamus Murphy says:

    YUP SAME ISSUE HERE! New hampshire rust is worse!!. spent all night on one side! i put the silver junk on the splines this time ! and yeah… OH AND BY THE BY…this ball joint did in fact have a rusty, barely noticable. c-clip on inside…THANKS FOR THE COMPANY ERIC O!! misery loves company

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lencho Lencho says:

    Another great video, just like all your other vids. Wish u were over here in California to take u all my cars to get fix

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars M Q says:

    Very Awesome!!! Really appreciate your efforts in making these videos.

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars PAUL 1961 says:

    mine has a snap ring

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jaime Pineda says:

    What do you torque to? I need to change my ball joints.

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars CJ N says:

    My 2012 Caravan is just now starting to show it's age mechanically and I'm glad I stumbled aboard to know what I can do to save time and money.

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Primitive Bob says:

    Truck owner lucky to have you bro. Real lucky.

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Primitive Bob says:

    Cool job. Clean shop and I had fun watching. Can't fathom the corrosion. Thanks for the video. The mountains in west Tx wish you well.

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars bubbsy2002 says:

    Great video, anyone know the torque on the cv axle lock nut?

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rigo Sandoval says:

    greats Video don't Was easy to do Job Special with all this kind The problems

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars SS Man2003 says:

    Was just helping a buddy on his Nissan Armada rear,we could NOT get the axle out PERIOD. WE RENTED THE $400 tool from the auto parts store,broke that! Luckily the bearing wasn’t sloppy yet. Could not buy a new axle anywhere so how far down the rabbit hole we could go was limited to “can’t chance ruining the axle”! We will meet again I’m sure

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Santos says:

    You are a straight up guy, god bless you, wish you the best

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars William Beauchemin says:

    Yes! I am. You did your best, there was no way to get that Barring out without having to put a new axel in. Great job!!

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tools on a Budget says:

    what was the torque spec?

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars HandHeldMobileDevice says:

    It happens all of the time! Rusted Parts!