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post #1 of 22 Old 03-07-2007, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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tricks for lower ball joint removal please...

as topic says this thing is a biatch....

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post #2 of 22 Old 03-07-2007, 05:53 PM
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agreed. Are you using one, and do you have the correct adapters?

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It's all about the tools, my friend. Without a ball joint press, you might as well be using your bare hands and nothing else.

Advance Auto and Checker Auto will "loan" you the ball joint press. The way it works is you buy it and when you bring it back, they refund your money. This isn't taking advantage of the return policy, or anything. It's supposed to work this way and it's yet another reason America is a great country.
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yeah I got a press.
I however cannot get it to sit square on the lower joint.
The upper was no problem.
I was wondering more if I should have left the top out then removed/installed bottom or the like.
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I was wondering more if I should have left the top out then removed/installed bottom or the like.
I think you hit the nail on the head.

It may just be the ball-joint kit I bought but I can't work on the lowers without removing the uppers.

You may be able to by a cup/sleeve combo that will remedy your problem but I'm not aware of one.

My ball-joint routine has always been to remove upper, remove lower, replace lower, replace upper. If you have access to a wider selection of sleeves and cups than I do maybe you can be more flexible. With my limited access to tools I'd pull the upper and start over. Hopefully someone has more productive advise.

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When I did mine I bought a press from OTC with the appropriate Jeep adapters. Look on page 2 of this PDF for a usage diagram to make sure your pressing correctly.

http://www.grobe.us/Jeep/Tech/Drivet...JointPress.pdf

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I think you hit the nail on the head.

It may just be the ball-joint kit I bought but I can't work on the lowers without removing the uppers.

You may be able to by a cup/sleeve combo that will remedy your problem but I'm not aware of one.

My ball-joint routine has always been to remove upper, remove lower, replace lower, replace upper. If you have access to a wider selection of sleeves and cups than I do maybe you can be more flexible. With my limited access to tools I'd pull the upper and start over. Hopefully someone has more productive advise.

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I had to cut a section of pipe to fit the BJ. None of the pieces that came with the kit would fit well enough.

Also, tighen the press down good and tight, then give the knuckle a few good raps with a hammer, tighten it down again and repeat with hammer. Keep doing that till it POPS.

That will knock her loose without you haveing to put a 10 foot lever on the press, possibly damaging it....




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I had to cut a section of pipe to fit the BJ. None of the pieces that came with the kit would fit well enough.

Also, tighen the press down good and tight, then give the knuckle a few good raps with a hammer, tighten it down again and repeat with hammer. Keep doing that till it POPS.

That will knock her loose without you haveing to put a 10 foot lever on the press, possibly damaging it....



the press is a autozone rental so I am not concerned with damaging it.

But yeah leaving those uppers out did the trick. Got the drivers side finished (minus tie rod end) in about 30 minutes.
Did the pass side start to finish in about 1:45.
That time I also left that damned tie rod end hooked up.

Do it once and learn from it...
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hey i just replaced my balljoints yeasterday.
for the bottom one i heated the metal araound it till it was cherry red then i took a big *****$ hammer it after a few good hitts it popped right out.
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Not to drag up an old thread, but I need some help. I snapped all of the lug studs and lost a wheel this morning. At first I thought it was just 5 studs and a rotor to fix it. But I noticed the bottom of the lower ball joint is ground down. I'm trying to figure out how to get it out. Also, what has to come out in order to remove it?


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Yikes! That is definitely ground off! You still will have to separate the inner and outer knuckles. The outer knuckle is still pressed onto the ball joint stems. So remove any castellated nuts that may still exist (probably just the upper) and take a hammer to pop the knuckle down off the ball joint stems. Then using a ball joint press and remove the upper and lower ball joints.

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Yikes! That is definitely ground off! You still will have to separate the inner and outer knuckles. The outer knuckle is still pressed onto the ball joint stems. So remove any castellated nuts that may still exist (probably just the upper) and take a hammer to pop the knuckle down off the ball joint stems. Then using a ball joint press and remove the upper and lower ball joints.
That's what I'm planning on doing. I'm still fighting with the unit bearing to try to take the steering knuckle off.

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What part are you having issues with? The large axle nut?

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