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TX_Bullet 12-13-2010 10:41 PM

Inner ball joint removal help
Well this job was more difficult than I thought. I took the nut of and smacked the side quite a bit hoping for it to pop out.

I have to wonder if its pressed and/or I have to remove the control arm just to replace the inner ball joint.

lotar_6 12-14-2010 05:56 AM

I've not done this job yet, but maybe try a ball joint separator tool? Or maybe a pickle fork?



if all else fails... a BFH

Kubica 12-14-2010 08:01 AM

Can you remove the two bolts holding it to the subframe?

TX_Bullet 12-14-2010 08:57 AM

Easily......I'm thinking a gear puller may help push it off. Pickle fork wont work
I'm assuming you just draw it through the control arm when putting it back together

Kubica 12-14-2010 10:59 AM

I think you should be able to use a prybar to get it out once the two bolts holding it to the subframe and one nut holding it to the control arm are off.

If that doesn't work, disconnect the FCAB carrier from the subframe too and that should give you room.

TX_Bullet 12-14-2010 07:23 PM

Lucky for me I have powerflex fcabs so the CA will just pull out. I'm also thinking the 175k on my car isn't helping

TiAgXi 12-14-2010 08:24 PM

125k miles here and to get my outer joints off I used a pickle fork. I had to hammer the crap out of it to make it work though.

athayer187 12-14-2010 08:43 PM

I'd use one of the screw type separators - they're the most efficient when there's clearance and also would not subject the other ball joint to any harsh loading. Additionally, make sure that the ball joint mounting points are clear of the subframe, one side uses a sleeve to help center the holes to the subframe. This may be constraining the ball joint as you're trying to hammer it out.

TX_Bullet 12-14-2010 09:27 PM

I actually came across a tie rod seperator tool when I was returning the pickle fork which seems to work WAYYYYY better. I will attack the ball joint again tomorrow when I have time but I feel confident the tie rod tool will do the trick.

TX_Bullet 12-14-2010 10:51 PM

this is the tool


the third one down

TX_Bullet 12-15-2010 10:15 PM

success!!!! worked like a charm. Took about 45 minutes to swap out

lotar_6 12-15-2010 11:20 PM


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