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Old 09-20-2010, 09:30 AM
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Ball joint removal issues HELP Please

I have a bad ball joint on my drivers side. I tore it all apart. I got stuck, once i had to remove the axel shaft. I'm guessing it is the vacum 4x4 seal that is holding me up. I'm not sure how to remove it, without wrecking it. Has anyone ever replaced their ball joints??

ps, only 63,000 on the truck.
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Old 11-05-2013, 11:16 AM
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Bump. I am having similar issues. I am trying to do my drivers side ball joints on a 2008 f250 with 4x4, autolock hubs, 6.4l PS. I have removed all brake hardware and autohub. I cannot get the large snap ring off the outer axle splines so I can remove the disc and axle shaft. Any ideas? I have used three different snap ring plier sets. Is there a certain set or special pair of long nose snap ring pliers to use?
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just out of curiosity... is it maybe not a snap ring that needs to compress in? and maybe one of those rings that needs to be spread? looks like this:



only done ball joints on my 03 f350... but that was 6 years ago.. i cant remember what i did to get those parts out. Just a thought tho... trying to help.
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Just finished mine about an hour ago.

Used pry bar on u-joint yolk to pry outward off Axel tube. Have everything straight as you can and gently but firmly pry out

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Old 11-05-2013, 01:57 PM
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By the way... did you pull the silver ring out of the vacuum seal? I did on both sides and it helped. Also gives back easy too.

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Bump. I am having similar issues. I am trying to do my drivers side ball joints on a 2008 f250 with 4x4, autolock hubs, 6.4l PS. I have removed all brake hardware and autohub. I cannot get the large snap ring off the outer axle splines so I can remove the disc and axle shaft. Any ideas? I have used three different snap ring plier sets. Is there a certain set or special pair of long nose snap ring pliers to use?
One of mine was simple and the other was a total pain. I used a fairly long set and had to keep it exactly centered to free it... also it can help to have slight tension on u-joint outward to relieve the tension on the snap ring.

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Old 11-05-2013, 02:28 PM
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Also the vacuum seal comes out with the axle not separate and it goes back in the same way

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Old 11-05-2013, 02:32 PM
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I'm pretty sure it is an expansion (outward) snap ring. You can see this ring the moment you remove the bub locker. I believe it has a thrust washer behind it.
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how did you guys do?
success?
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I am going on my 5th attempt today. I have broken a set of long nose ext snap ring pliers (Chinese ebay) and bent another set (standard). Then harbor frieght multiple pliers set was either to fat to fit or to small of a set. I ordered a set of 13" pliers from Australia. Keep being stubborn snap ring, I'll show you. I have never had anything on any truck fight me like this.
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