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RockOn
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2006 5:25 pm    Post subject: Ball joint replacement Reply with quote

I'm looking for info on how to replace my ball joints & tools needed

any ideas???
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2006 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aside from normal hand tools, you'll need ball joint press, a pickle fork and a BFH.

Pull the wheel and remove the calipers/rotors. Remove the bolts holding the unit bearing to the knuckle and remove the bearing/axle shaft as an assembly. Remove the cotter pins and nuts holding the knuckle to the ball joints as well as the tierod ends to the knuckle. Then use the pickle fork and BFH to seperate the knuckle from the balljoints and tie rod ends. Then use the press to remove the joints and use it again to install the new ones.

Then just put it all back together (torqueing everthing back to spec).
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2006 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My only suggestion is to ditch the pickle fork for removal of the knuckle. Thread the nuts back on a couple threads then use a BFH at the top casting mark to beat it off. Much easier than screwing with a pickle fork.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2006 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ehirner wrote:
My only suggestion is to ditch the pickle fork for removal of the knuckle. Thread the nuts back on a couple threads then use a BFH at the top casting mark to beat it off. Much easier than screwing with a pickle fork.


I used the pickle fork with very little trouble, but that would work pretty well too.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2006 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks guys
I got the BFH
need to get the fork....hell I may even find other useful things for it....better not tell my ole lady bout that one Finger
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