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ball joint replacement problems

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by big dan, Jun 7, 2006.

  1. big dan

    big dan 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    recently I discovered that I needed to replace 2 of my ball joints. no big deal I got all 4 so I could replace them while I had it apart. the problem is that I broke 3 ball joint seperators trying to remove one side. is there anything I can do to loosen them up?
    thanks
     
  2. 70jimmy

    70jimmy 3/4 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    use a small sledge or ball peen and smack on the area around the ball joint. Not on the knuckle but the part that is attached to the axle. Took me about 5 wacks and it comes out. alternate between top and bottom. I didn't even touch a separator. Good luck!!

    Might throw the nuts on a few threads in case your aim is a little off!!
     
  3. K5Greek

    K5Greek 1/2 ton status

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    what he said, this is also what my auto tech teachers tells us. i think most areas have a little piece that sticks out not much but you should notice a difference and that is where you hit it..2-3 hits and you should be loose.
     
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    Zeus33rd Smarter than you GMOTM Winner

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    You're not gonna use the old ones right? :crazy: Just screw the nut back on a bit and wail on the top ball joint with a big ass sledge.. Doesn't matter if the nut or ball joint gets fuucked up, you alread have new stuff.
     
  5. big dan

    big dan 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    course Im not gonna use the old ones. they're pretty bad. when its sitting still the top of the tire points in and the bottom points out so I got all 4 new ones. Ill try the advice mentioned and see if that helps. One more question, would heating them help any?
    thanks
     
  6. MoonMan

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    Try loosening the sleeve on the upper ball joint.
     
  7. Citizen Rider

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    PB Blaster is your friend!!!

    Heat can help, but you need an oxy-acetelyne torch and it takes alot to get it hot enough, then hammering them out. I did them on jeeps a couple times. Best thing is to just wale on them with a big sledge.
     

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