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Old 09-24-2010, 06:44 PM
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Dana 50 TTB Spindle being a B*T&$....

Anyone have any tips or trick for getting the drivers side spindle off?? I am trying to replace ball joints and can NOT get the damn spindle to break free. I'm using a 3LB sledge and some wood to buffer it and it wont budge!

Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciate.

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Charlie

BTW. This is on a 97 F250
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Old 09-24-2010, 08:54 PM
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Give the knuckle some heat, then let it cool. Point the torch on the inside of the knuckle, around the flange of the spindle that sticks through the knuckle.

Continue beating.

If it budges a little bit, fill the gap with penetrating oil. Use a pointed chisel, and tap between the base of the spindle and the knuckle. It might damage the heat shield a bit, but I guess it depends on how bad you want the knuckle off. Move in a circular pattern around the base, to keep the force on it the same.

These might not be the factory recommended practices, but it was the method I used to get mine apart.
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Old 09-25-2010, 07:53 AM
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Thanks man. I ended up going out there with a bigger sledge and beat the **** out of it.... Man doing balljoints sucks..
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Lol yep there's a lot of effin around involved to get our front ends apart. Ball joints suck no matter what they are on
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use a torch and heat up around the balljoint- then smack it! Had the same problem- Good Luck!
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when re-installing the spindle, apply grease to the back side of the spindle and the inside of the knuckle where it sits so removal next time wont be as big of a pain the the _ss. (buy a vowel?)
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