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Old 09-02-2011, 12:08 AM
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Can a balljoint be hammered out?

Hello,

i am trying to get an old balljoint out, but that splitring won´t move a bit. I read that pdf that goes around here, but i don´t quite get it...I already broke that spanner tool, it lost a tooth and rendered useless.

Comparing with the new balljoint i get the impression that a large hammer used on the balljoint shaft should get it loose, but it just won´t come out.

Any ideas?

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Old 09-02-2011, 03:14 AM
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Install one of the nuts onto one of the ball joints and hammer on the knuckle where the arrow is pointing. That should get the knuckle off the axle. As far as getting the ball joints out, a ball joint press is the easiest and best way of doing it.

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Old 09-02-2011, 05:28 AM
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A pickle fork will help too.
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Old 09-02-2011, 06:16 AM
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You will never get the split threaded insert out without the balljoint removed.

Where the arrows are you want to hit HARD with a BIG hammer, first use a penetrating oil around Both ball joint studs. I have the top Balljoint boss marked, but you want to focus on the bottom one, hit the top in 3 or four areas first, then work on the bottom one, turn the knuckle to get as much room as you need. If you tap it or hit it like its going to break or use a small hammer you will beat it to death, bigger is better in this case
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:01 AM
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Yep, Harbor Fright has a really good ball joint press kit for cheap! And yes you'll want to knock the knuckle off first. From there put some pretty good pressure on the joint w/ the press you picked up, then wail on it w/ a BFH a few times in the areas depicted above, you'll see it start to budge. Tighten press, repeat. It'll soon fall out.

Did the ones on my buddy's Dodge Ram one day, they were rusted in SOLID and this method worked great.
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:06 AM
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The advice given to me when I was doing it was to just hit it harder with a bigger hammer. Getting them out is quite a workout. But it can be done.
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:33 AM
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Hitting it harder feels like breaking the whole thing...ok, i´ll give it a try. Thanks for helping
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:46 AM
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You will need at least a 48oz. hammer, too.
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balljoint

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A good HARD smack on the joint top (should) do the trick, as everyone has already said. Along with that, some added pressure from a pickle fork will help
http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...1756 729&mt=b

If that fails, some heat on the knuckle to expand the joint a little and repeat the above instructions while the outside is still hot.
Also,put a wet rag on the area below the knuckle to shrink it just before smacking it .

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Big hammer means 5 - 10 pounds ! Get a sledgehammer and cut the handle short. Hit the spindle on the side of where the joint is a few good times before you try to drive it out.
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some added pressure from a pickle fork will help

X2. A pickle fork IS the proper tool. It applies much more force to separate things than beating directly on it. The one and only time I did this, I beat on it for an hour before giving up and getting a pickle tool. On the 3rd whack it separated nicely.
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always a question of the right tool....

done in a minute with the proper tool :-)

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When I changed the joints on my F250, 3 came lose with a hammer following the method described here. One would not come loose, no matter what, I could not hit it hard enough to budge, and I'm a pretty big boy. Ended up being enough space between the knuckle ears for me to get an oxy torch in between them and cut the ball joint in half. That let me get the knuckle off and use a ball joint press to squeeze the remaining pieces out.

When that top, tapered half came out it sounded like a .22 LR and shot across the floor almost as fast
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always a question of the right tool....

done in a minute with the proper tool :-)

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