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Old 04-06-2011, 04:13 PM   #31
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Old 04-06-2011, 11:09 PM   #32
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+1 with the hammer method.
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Old 05-01-2011, 08:05 AM   #33
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I'm having issues removing the control arm ball joint to the strut housing....will the same tool work on that?
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Old 05-01-2011, 08:37 AM   #34
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After 5-7 hits, Voila...!!!

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Old 05-01-2011, 08:41 AM   #35
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Old 05-01-2011, 09:50 AM   #36
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^^ that's BS. I do that every time, and it is not that easy.
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Old 05-01-2011, 10:26 AM   #37
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Well, all of these tools/videos, etc, show just removing the tie rods and I didn't have any trouble removing those from the spindle....it's the control arm ball joint that I can't get to budge....I'm going to buy a small sledge and git it a couple whacks, but I'm doubtful it will work.
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Old 05-01-2011, 11:26 AM   #38
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^^ that's BS. I do that every time, and it is not that easy.
I had the same stubborn ball joints, and was very skeptical about this trick, but i tried a few whack with 4lb sledge hammer and succeed on both tie rod ends and control arms ball joints.
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Old 05-01-2011, 11:29 AM   #39
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Well, all of these tools/videos, etc, show just removing the tie rods and I didn't have any trouble removing those from the spindle....it's the control arm ball joint that I can't get to budge....I'm going to buy a small sledge and git it a couple whacks, but I'm doubtful it will work.
Go get one and hit them precisely, i did and got them all done.
PS: Do not hit the "male" part of the joint, hit the "female" part of the knuckle arm.
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Old 05-01-2011, 07:25 PM   #40
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Get this kit and you will not have problems with pretty much any front end work; especially on most Euro cars...

http://www.otctools.com/products/front_end_service_set

You can score the kit for less than a $100 if you watch for deals and promo's.

We've used my set on over a dozen front end rebuilds on BMWs, a couple Volvos and two LR Disco steering linkage rebuilds. Great kit and very versatile.
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Old 05-02-2011, 08:47 AM   #41
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I use an 8lb Jackson sledge and pickle fork but majority of the time I don't even need the fork. just compress the strut by placing a jack underneath the spindle. loosen the fastening nut and hammer on the stud. should break loose and you can pull it out by hand. don't worry about mangling the nut as you're suppose to replace it everytime the tie rod comes off. I've never ripped a boot that wasn't already ripped.

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Old 05-02-2011, 02:35 PM   #42
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http://www.harborfreight.com/5-piece...set-66686.html
60 bucks front end service. pickle fork suck because it can damage ball joint boot real easy.
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Old 05-02-2011, 03:22 PM   #43
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I want to thank you all and advise others that ALL YOU NEED IS A 4 LB HAMMER TO DO THE JOB!!! The ball joint fell out on its own within 4 - 5 good hits....not even full swings, just contact. I'm going to return the $70 set to harbor freight that I bought.

Now, to get the threaded collar off the strut and get my passenger side tie rod off..
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Old 10-27-2011, 08:15 AM   #45
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http://www.harborfreight.com/5-piece...set-66686.html
60 bucks front end service. pickle fork suck because it can damage ball joint boot real easy.
Got that whole kit from Harbor Freight for $5. I'm winning lol.
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