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Ball Joint Help
Posted 06 January 2006 - 01:30 PM
Posted 06 January 2006 - 01:33 PM
Posted 06 January 2006 - 01:41 PM
" talking about the tierod ball joint just hammer right off to the side of the ball joint, on the tie rod. "
-yup, smack the hell out of the front side of the hub just below the tie rod end, should fall out...
Posted 06 January 2006 - 01:45 PM
To change an axle on the front of any subaru. TAke the tire off, castle nut off, brake caliper/rotor/pad bracket, unbolt the strut from the knuckle assembly, punch the pin out of the inner DOJ (the one that goes to through the tranny stub shaft) now pry your control arm down and pull the strut out of the knuckle. pop the Inner DOJ off the stub shaft and then hammer out the axle from the knuckle.
Done job, just reverse to intall
Posted 06 January 2006 - 01:55 PM
again XT6 specific, but always remember less is more.
Posted 06 January 2006 - 03:45 PM
I personally pop the tie rod out and lower ball joint. you do NOT hit the tie rod itself. smack the nuckle with a BFH and it will pop right out. leave the nut threaded on to protect the threads in case you miss and hit the tie rod.
Posted 06 January 2006 - 03:49 PM
when you mess with the strut by taking it off the hub it messes with the alignment as well.. the frozen caster mainly.. thats why when you replace struts you almost always have to do an alignment afterwards
now you can unbolt it from the body and not hurt the alignment..
i had a ball joint stuck in my DL wagon, after breaking my hammer, pry bar and an 8lb sledge the damn thing finally came out..
i did have to buy a new one tho.. its funny how they let you know when they need changed like that..
wait till you put an axle in something and have to pull it a month later and the stupid thing is stuck on the trans.. thats another story though.
seriously though, go get you a balljoint fork from the parts store.. heck some parts places loan them out.. it'll make your headache go away.. really..
Posted 06 January 2006 - 05:08 PM
Posted 06 January 2006 - 07:27 PM
Once that is taken care of, you just turn the steering wheel towards the side that you're working on. This will give you plenty of swing-out room, with out messing with the tie-rod ends.
Is not a good idea, nor safe practice, to use a pickle-fork type ball-joint/tie-rod separator on one that you plan on still using. For one, you'll rip the boot for sure. Two, it puts un-do stress on the joints in the wrong way and is detrimental to the way they were designed to work. I have seen pickle-forks pull the joint apart rather than separate them from a steering knuckle.
Just my .02
Posted 06 January 2006 - 08:12 PM
Posted 06 January 2006 - 08:16 PM
Just so you know, I remove the tie rod ball joint when I do my CV's too
Posted 07 January 2006 - 01:30 PM
Totally. With no sway bar, it's just the one bolt and the 36mm. It takes longer to get the tools out than the axle!
i like the other way.......remove the bolt that attaches the lower control are to the body.......
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