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Old 11-12-2005, 11:35 AM   #1
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Broke a pickle fork, need more help

Changing out the control arms on a 99 323i. The first issue I ran into was getting the nuts from the inner ball joints loose. Then the getting the outer ball joints separated was a batch and a half, even with a pickle fork and a 4.5 lb. hammer. With some ingenuity (desperation), a jack, a wheel, a pickle fork, and lots of praying, I got both of them off.

Now all that's left are the two inner ball joints. These things are stuck. I actually broke my poor harbor freight (I know, I know) pickle fork trying to get it off, to no avail.

Any tips? I'm going to get a better, stronger fork unless someone has another suggestion...

Hers: 99 Schwarz 323i sedan, 17 x 8 Fittipaldi Force, HR springs, Koni yellows, Rogue RSMs, blacked out.

Mine: 89 Schwarz 325i, HR race springs, Bilstein sport shocks/struts, M3 offset CABs, z4 SSK (to be put in), heavy duty RSMs, shadowline trim, big plans.
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Old 11-12-2005, 12:17 PM   #2
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Get a pickle fork with a good length to it so you can hit the end of it with a good size hammer and swing. The inner ball joints will come out if you hit them hard enough. Or if you have an air compressor use an air hammer with pickle fork attachment.
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Old 11-12-2005, 12:24 PM   #3
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Also, it would help if you soaked the bolts in some PB Blaster or other lubricant so they'll come out easier.
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