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Old 08-30-2007, 08:48 PM   #1
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So i'm doing the DIY axle fix today. I had all day, figured I'd at least get it done before dark...I started at 11am. Was a rough start, took a while to get the pin out, and all sorts of stuff. So, I'm stumped at this point...my lower ball joint will not come out. I've tried just about everything. I worked on it for 4 hours, and I was about to get the sawzall out...until I came to my senses.
Is there another way to go about this, because I'm not sure this ball joint is going to come off! I've provided a pic, because, fortunately enough I was documenting everything I did via photos as I went. I know the castle nut is on there, I put it back on so it didn't get lost.
So, she is jackstand racing for the night, but thats okay, because my knees are KILLIING me.
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Old 08-30-2007, 09:45 PM   #2
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The balljoint is not going to come out of the control arm without at the VERY LEAST a tie-rod fork.

Forget taking it out of the control arm. I never do that.

See that bolt right above the circle? Take it out. That's clamping the knuckle to the balljoint. Once that bolt's out, wedge a breaker bar right next to the balljoint, between the knuckle and control arm. Pry the two apart (it will take some work also, but not as much as the way you're trying to do it), and the knuckle should pop off the balljoint. Then you can swing the knuckle out and change the axle.
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Old 08-30-2007, 09:59 PM   #3
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You can use a large 2-jaw puller to pop the ball joint out of the control arm. There’s two specific ears that allow enough material for the jaws to grab onto.

But the proper way is what subyluvr mentioned, pull the ball joint from the actual knuckle. Although I would imagine looking at your knuckle this won’t be easy either. I would soak that lock bolt down with lots of penetrating oil before attempting to remove. You snap that bolt and you’re in trouble!

If you just want to get the new axle in, then don’t be afraid to pull the strut bolts instead. This is quick and easy as you can rotate the whole knuckle out of the way. But, it will mess with the alignment (camber) of that wheel so you have to eye-ball it when you reinstall the knuckle/strut.
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Old 08-31-2007, 06:20 AM   #4
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Thanks for the assistance, I'll try that method.
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