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post #1 of 21 Old 12-17-2012, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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Ball Joints

Hey guys, it's that time...ball joints need replaced on my 98. In the past I have had access to a lift, air tools and such, but I probably wont have access to it tonight. I can borrow the ball joint press though. Question is, how hard are these to use without an impact? Is it doable with a 1/2 ratchet?

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post #2 of 21 Old 12-17-2012, 10:15 AM
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Always easier with impact which makes us spoiled lol.. Definitely doable with hand tools though.
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post #3 of 21 Old 12-17-2012, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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Always easier with impact which makes us spoiled lol.. Definitely doable with hand tools though.
Yes I know, airtools are great...I just don't have a big enough air compressor to run air tools...I need to save and buy some air tools, because they are just too handy.
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post #4 of 21 Old 12-17-2012, 11:00 AM
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I did my ball joints with a 1/2" ratchet and 3' breaker bar attached. Slow going, but it did the trick. oh, and that was with the ball joint press kit.

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post #5 of 21 Old 12-17-2012, 11:30 AM
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I actually don't have large compressor anymore but have started investing in cordless impacts. I have a 3/8" drive 14.4v SnapOn that has some serious balls. I just added 1/2" cordless Craftsman. Very handy and worth investment IMO.
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post #6 of 21 Old 12-17-2012, 11:37 AM
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did mine a couple months ago with a rented press and simple hand tools. Absolutely no problems. A breaker bar and 1/2" should do just fine.
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post #7 of 21 Old 12-17-2012, 05:37 PM
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Wack them out with a hammer

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post #8 of 21 Old 12-17-2012, 06:35 PM
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Wack them out with a hammer
I tried a hammer, then a bfh. Press worked way better, and besides, you need something to press them back in with.

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post #9 of 21 Old 12-17-2012, 08:47 PM
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I have a corded craftsmen impact And it really kicks ***, haven't found a rusted bolt it wouldn't take off or break.

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post #10 of 21 Old 12-18-2012, 06:53 AM Thread Starter
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I ended up driving my bottom one out on driver side, and beating the top one in lol....the press is kind of confusing....anyway, I have a john deere (made by snap on i have been told) just like the one here http://www.ebay.com/itm/JOHN-DEERE-E...p2047675.l2557

It is very handy, but doesn't have enough umph sometimes! I have saw the snap on 18v impacts and they are pretty nice! I have always wondered how good the plug in one's are, but they are always so much bigger and hard to get into places with.

I still got the other side to do, it ended up getting late by the time I got home from work, drove 1 hour and 15 mins to harbor freight, ate and then I stopped at 11:30....im pretty tired this morning lol
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post #11 of 21 Old 12-18-2012, 07:41 AM
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I predict you'll be replacing them again soon.

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post #12 of 21 Old 12-18-2012, 08:00 AM
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I predict you'll be replacing them again soon.
Why is that?

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why is that?
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post #14 of 21 Old 12-18-2012, 02:39 PM
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pounding them in destroys them and they never seat right.

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post #15 of 21 Old 12-19-2012, 05:42 PM
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Haven't had to do the Jeep yet and its a 95. Hopefully it's not as bad as the 98 Jaguar I have. We had to use a torch and heat them and use the cutting torch to cut them out as the press just pushed thru the center and left the rest!!! I hope I NEVER have to do that again!
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