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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-07-03, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
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Removing Ball Joints

Any one done this? Any tricks? Any help at all would be appreciated. I dont want to have to get some suspension place to push them in and out

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It's not so bad getting a suspension shop to do it...I just did mine, it cost me $40 to get them pushed out, and $30 each for new lower ball joints - grand total, $100. You will probably find that the top ball joints do not need doing; they take very little of the car's weight.....
Mind you, I handed him the steering knuckles already out of the car.
If anybody does have a way to get them out (short of brute force and ignorance) I would also be interested in this

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ive got the steering nuckels out of the car atm, and have the lower arm disconected but i cant break the top arm away....

looks like ill give my two knuckles and 4 new ball joints to push in

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I've done the lower-balljoints on my previous car, my ED Falcon.
I just used a hammer to hit it out, then I used a deep-socket, an ratchet-extension and a big hammer to hit the new one back in.
It took me and my brother about half an hour to hit the new one in the hole, it's a damn tight fit, heh heh.
BTW, both the socket and the extension were rooted afterwards.
The car drove fine after that, before it had heaps of play.

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The top arm is a bastard to get out, you usually need heat or a big lever.
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BRUTE FORCE AND IGNORANCE MATE!!
As long as you put the nut on the thread before hitting it, it should come out OK eventually.

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My friend had to do the ones on his VK... tried all sorts of things, but found the only way to get them out was to stick the arm in a big vice, stick a socket of the right size on it and knock them out with a hammer.

Oh yeah and if you want your new balljoints to go in easier here's a nifty trick you can use. Stick your new ball joint in the freezer for 2 hours or so, then take them out and knock them in while they are still cold. They will go in easier because as you probably know metal shrinks as it gets colder
 
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it also becomes brittle, which isnt good if your going to bash the crap out of it with a hammer

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still, im going to ring arround 2morrow and ask how much to get all 4 baljoints pushed out, and get 4new ones (ive got them allready) pushed in........hopefully not to much

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It's not that hard really.
I did all mine about a month or so ago.
There's a special tool, shaped like a 2 pronged fork, all you do is put the end of the fork between the ball joint and the arm it attaches to and hit the other end of the fork with a hammer.
Took me about 20 minutes per ball joint to do.That included undoing the nut, hitting them out, and putting the new one in.
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i had the 2pronged fork tool, but mine wouldnt budge even with 30min bashing with BIG hammer................i got them pushed in and out for $40, so not to bad :)

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