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Unread 10-19-2012, 02:08 PM   #1
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Ball joint from Track bar wont come out

Okay guys so this thread is coming off my other thread about the broken track bar on a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee. I bought a brand new track bar and have been taking off the previous track bar but I am on the last step of taking it off which is taking the ball joint out of the frame on the drivers side. The nut has been taken off of it but the ball wont come out, tried hammering it and twisting it out. Does anyone have any suggestion's on how to take it out?

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Unread 10-19-2012, 02:18 PM   #2
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Here is a picture of it! sorry for the large picture.
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Unread 10-19-2012, 02:28 PM   #3
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take the braket off and wack it out
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Unread 10-19-2012, 03:06 PM   #4
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you need to apply more anger to the side of the ball joint. have you tried a pickle fork? If nothing else remove the whole bracket, it's kind of a pain but sometimes it's what you need to do.
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Unread 10-20-2012, 03:18 PM   #5
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Is there an alternative to hammering it out or taking off the bracket?
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Unread 10-20-2012, 06:24 PM   #6
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Invest in a pickle fork. I got a kit on eBay for like $25.00 shipped. Or just rent it from Advanced Auto.

Tie rod ends and ball joints are a breeze now.
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Unread 10-21-2012, 12:35 AM   #7
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Is there an alternative to hammering it out or taking off the bracket?
As has been said, picklefork or proper balljoint separator. The former is fine when you're planning to replace the joint and so you're not worried about damaging the boot, the latter is necessary when you want to separate the joint *without* damaging the boot.
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Unread 10-21-2012, 07:10 AM   #8
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Pickle fork and a 10-pound sledge hammer ... and mine still put up a good fight.
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Unread 10-21-2012, 07:26 AM   #9
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I removed the bracket and cut the joint off,not a big deal
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Unread 10-21-2012, 08:02 AM   #10
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Pickle fork. The secret is you don't drive the fork with every blow.

Metal sledge only- Tension the fork, then hit the mounting boss, fork, boss, repeat til it's apart.
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Unread 10-21-2012, 08:14 AM   #11
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Little bit of heat and a BFH!
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Unread 10-21-2012, 09:36 AM   #12
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BTW also try hitting upward. With tapered suspension joints it's really about sending a shockwave through the metal to unlock the two surfaces. Force from any direction is your friend.
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Unread 10-21-2012, 09:47 AM   #13
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I tried the pickle fork with very little success on mine ($10 at Harbor Freight). When I got the fork, I also thought I would try the tie rod ball joint remover ($16-$20, also at Harbor Freight), and it worked like a charm. The FSM even says that it is the correct tool for that job, and I have to agree with them on this one. I tensioned the hell out of it with the tool, then tapped the end of the tool with a hammer (not the recommended method, but...) and the joint exploded apart. Scared the hell out of me. But the joint was apart.
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Unread 10-21-2012, 09:49 AM   #14
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Just make sure you grease the screw and the contact point between the screw and the lever on the tool.

http://www.harborfreight.com/3-4-qua...tor-99849.html
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Unread 10-21-2012, 09:51 AM   #15
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Worked great separating the tie rod/drag link joint, too.
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