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Old 04-11-2006, 11:33 PM   #43
Pigeon
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Join Date: May 2004
Location: Farmington, NY
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My Ride: 02 ///M3 & 06 750Li
I haven't done BMW control arms (yet) but last time I did a ball joint replacement on my old Saab 9000 I found the easiest thing to do to get them to pop was to hit the steering knuckle where it surrounds the ball joint shaft with a short 5lb sledge. A couple good, hard clean whacks and they popped free without having to deal with pickle forks and ball joint tools. This is also a useful technique when you've hammered the heck out of the pickle fork and the ball joint still won't come free.

Scott
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