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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-08-2013, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Ball Joint removal

When removing the ball joints, after taking off the retaining plate, and applying heat, what is the best way to actually remove the ball joint?? Is it necessary to use a specialized removal tool/puller?

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Job would be much easier with a balljoint press.

C clamp. Pipe an washerS

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Piece of pipe and some washers.
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First try pumping grease into them! If they have ever been changed before maybe you have put greaseless ball joints back in, and if so they will just pop right out when you grease them, of course thats if you've removed the retaining plate first! Right!!

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I put a little heat around the ball joint. Leave the nut on the end of the joint and clamp a set of vice grips on the joint just above the nut. Hit the vice grips with a hammer and they always pop right out for me. Put the new one in the freezer for about an hour then put the new one in. Really simple job.

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What he said. ^^^

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So... you shouldn't have to remove the strut to remove the ball joint then? What about if I am replacing the bearing also, does the strut have to come out for that?

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Nope on both accounts.

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I put a little heat around the ball joint. Leave the nut on the end of the joint and clamp a set of vice grips on the joint just above the nut. Hit the vice grips with a hammer and they always pop right out for me. Put the new one in the freezer for about an hour then put the new one in. Really simple job.

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I do believe this just saved me a few hours of extra dismantling for sure. Thanks!!

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