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Posted 20 February 2005 - 01:43 AM
Posted 20 February 2005 - 02:10 AM
Posted 20 February 2005 - 02:11 AM
Posted 20 February 2005 - 07:37 AM
"Can someone describe what I need to do to get the ball out,
or one of your alternative methods."
I never take the ball joint apart when doing an axle R&R
for the exact reason you made this post.
I remove the one bolt that connects the lower control arm to the frame.
The sway bar mount and the brake line clamp are easy offs.
I feel this is much easier than messin' with the B-J
Hope you feel better and that this works for you.
Posted 20 February 2005 - 09:54 AM
Posted 20 February 2005 - 10:47 AM
Wedge it in there ang get big hammer.
Posted 20 February 2005 - 11:15 AM
its the fastest easiest way. you do not have to even touch the ball joint.
just read the steps-
one bolt that attaches the lower control arm to the crossmember or subframe, whatever you want to call it.
drive pin out from doj by the tranny
pull out on the bottom of the tire- you dont even have to take off the tire if you dont wanna!
when you pull out on the bottom of the tire -you will have just enough room to get the axle off the tranny stub.
then you go from there.
Posted 20 February 2005 - 04:33 PM
what i do is removet he nut from the ball joint stud, and plae a hydralic jack against the stud so the jack loads up the suspension by the stud only.
then what you do is shock the tension loosel as you would tapping on the dise of a tie rod to pop it out. with teh suspension loaded up the lower control arm will have downward tension from the sway bar. tap around the lower control arm closest to the ball joint with a good sized hammer. the dead blows will break the tension and the lower control arm will pull away.
now woth it loose you will have to push down on the lower control arm to get the stud to come out of its hole, i find iy best to use a long bar or pipe across the top of the lower control arm between the axle, wedge it up near the radius rod on the fram, and push down on it with my knee to move the lower control arm down enough to get the ball joint out. also i do this to put it back together
i find this easier than the lower control arm disconnect, but it take some tehnique it may take a few attempts to do this effectively, but once you get it apart you will have developed the technique already
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