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Old 09-11-2013, 12:35 AM   #1
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Okk so heres the skinny

Upgrading to the whiteline roll-center adjustment kit and everything has gone great but now I am on the driver side ball joint(last part to install). I was able to get the castle nut off, separate the control arm, took out the bolt securing the ball joint to the hub, & broke the ball joint loose(can spin it in the hub). The ball joint itself can move a little bit up and down in the hub (like maybe 1/4"?), and I can spin it freely but I cannot pull it out.

I wonder if there is a layer of rust or other foreign stuff maybe in the hub(originally a east coast car).

I've tried putting the castle nut on and bolt it back to the control arm so I can have leverage and push down on it. But I do not want to harm anything.

Leaving it for the night, but right now it is soaking in the rest of my PB blaster and some liquid wrench.

Anyone else run into this problem? Not the first time I've done ball joints but this may be the last time. ANy input/help most appreciated!
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:37 AM   #2
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O and yes i have spread the rear portion of the hub where the bolt for the ball joint goes into.
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Old 09-11-2013, 05:27 AM   #3
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reinstall the control arm onto the ball joint, put nut back on tighten down. Then take a pry bar and pry the ball joint out by using the control arm as leverage.
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Old 09-11-2013, 05:31 AM   #4
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Either buy or make snipers tools if the above doesn't work or weld a chunk of stock to the threaded portion of the ball joint and wail on it.
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Old 09-11-2013, 05:44 AM   #5
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You need a pickle fork!!! You can rent them from your local auto parts store!
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Old 09-11-2013, 06:37 AM   #6
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i hate pickle forks...they always seem to not work quite right for some reason
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Old 09-11-2013, 08:08 AM   #7
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You need a pickle fork!!! You can rent them from your local auto parts store!
Maybe I'm miss using them but I thought they were mainly for separating the ball joint and control arm? Should be able to find on in the silverware drawer.
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Old 09-11-2013, 08:33 AM   #8
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reinstall the control arm onto the ball joint, put nut back on tighten down. Then take a pry bar and pry the ball joint out by using the control arm as leverage.
Tried this and my jack handle started to bend..... Good jack, bad handle?? lol. Going to get a bigger pickle fork today and give that a go. thanks for the input
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Old 09-11-2013, 02:23 PM   #9
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If you can't make/buy Sniper's awesome tool, you can DIY it.

See http://www.subaruoutback.org/forums/...nt-puller.html
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Old 09-12-2013, 12:45 AM   #10
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That tool looks amazing. Might have to get that if I ever have to do this again.

After a night of soaking with liquid wrench and a little more motivation it came out today! All done and so far so good
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Old 09-12-2013, 09:51 AM   #11
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That tool looks amazing. Might have to get that if I ever have to do this again.

After a night of soaking with liquid wrench and a little more motivation it came out today! All done and so far so good
Tell you what man, PB blaster doesn't have **** on that liquid wrench stuff. it's freakin magic.
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Old 09-12-2013, 06:56 PM   #12
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Haha agreed, I liked that it didn't dry up like pb blaster does. It was still lubricated when I worked on it 8 hours later.
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:01 PM   #13
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harbor fright sells a ball joint removal tool kit it worked really well for me, looks like a bearing puller
http://www.harborfreight.com/5-piece...set-66686.html
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Old 09-13-2013, 12:57 AM   #14
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did you try placing a flat head and hammering it in between the two cracks of where to hub bolt goes, and then using a pry bar to pop it out slowly? PB blaster does work.

i almost snapped one side of where the hub bolt wedges (whre bolt goes through) but it was a hairline crack and got the bolt through and tightened it down and no problems since holding my ball joint in place.
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Old 09-15-2013, 08:20 AM   #15
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i have a TIC ball joint removal tool for loan, user pays for shipping only. Has the counter bolt dealio and works great. pm me next time.
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