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Old 08-07-2003, 08:53 PM   #1
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After only 197,000 miles the front wheel bearings are ready for replacement. My question... how do I separate the knuckle from the A-arm? I just have that one bolt going through the A-arm, but I can't seem to get it off. I'll most likely just take off the A-arm and bring the whole thing in to get pressed, but are there tricks? That little is a pain in my

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Old 08-07-2003, 11:32 PM   #2
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Old 08-08-2003, 12:22 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info, but you wouldn't happen to have any info on the front would you? I'm having trouble separating the knuckle from the A-Arm.

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Doh, I thought it had front info, I guess I remembered wrong. Have you tried calling the service dept of a dealer and asking for a tip?
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Old 08-08-2003, 04:19 PM   #6
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Pickle forks are the right way to do it...

Or, in the absense of a good fork, place a block of wood on the a-arm and smack it with a hammer repeatedly. Even on the '91 I got them to come loose with less than 10 seconds of whacking.
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I just brought in the whole a-arm assembly and the guy that's going to press the new wheel bearing managed to separate it with a BFH and his foot.

It was a lot easier with the A-Arm on the floor... more room to work.

Now the bolt has jacked up threads from hammering and if I cut the bolt then I can't get a safety pin in there.

Hopefully the car will be together tomarrow night, I have some more moving to do.

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Hi all,

After only 197,000 miles the front wheel bearings are ready for replacement. My question... how do I separate the knuckle from the A-arm? I just have that one bolt going through the A-arm, but I can't seem to get it off. I'll most likely just take off the A-arm and bring the whole thing in to get pressed, but are there tricks? That little is a pain in my

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I just want to share how the tech at my dealership removed the knuckle from the A-arm. I used this technique when doing my suspension swap.

When you are ready to separate the knuckle, i.e. you have loosened the bolt holding it tight, take a large flathead screwdriver and pry the gap. This will allow the ball joint to fall right out so be carefull.

Just wanted to add this for those doing searches. I am having wheel bearing problems right now.




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Old 04-03-2005, 02:49 PM   #9
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I have done this a few times since on a few cars. the real trick is to get a BFH and pound on a solid peice next to the bolt. The bolt then vibrates loose and it litterally just pops off.

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Remove ball joint cotter pin and castle nut. unbolt and free the tie rod end. remove strut bolts. Put a nut on there with the same thread pitch so that the nut is flush with the end of the ball joint threads.

Now smack that nut with a hammer and you won't ruin the castle nut.

It should'nt take that much force. Check to see if you got it after each couple blows.
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