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Old 11-23-2012, 01:07 PM
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removing ball joints PITA!

i bought an old pair of knuckles and im trying to remove the old ball joints but i am getting nowhere. there is corrosion on the knuckle, ( i bought it from up north) but i have heated and even broke my vise while i was torquing away with the ball joint press. no go. I tried my old knuckle just to see if i was doing it right and it popped right out.

anyone ever have some stubborn a$$ ball joints with a secret
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:19 PM
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You need a ball joint press
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:38 PM
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im using a ball joint press
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:50 PM
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Lube is your friend and a LIL heat goes a long way
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more lube than you know and more heat than i than ive ever used...no luck
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more lube than you know and more heat than i than ive ever used...no luck
Use a impact on the ball joint press. Seen it done on youtube and it works good.

Sent from the can!
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Too much heat is NO GOOD. all you do there is swell EVERYTHING and make a even tighter fit
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Old 11-23-2012, 02:59 PM
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Too much heat is NO GOOD. all you do there is swell EVERYTHING and make a even tighter fit
agreed heat in the right place works to expand and open the orifice
don't heat the ball joint at all .....try to heat the knuckle only
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:22 PM
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yes i was heating the knuckle only, not the ball joint. i think im going to try some dry ice on the ball joinbt and heat the nuckle next
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I've found on things stuck like that using the press and while you have pressure on the part you are trying to remove, hit the surrounding part repeatedly with a hammer. It works almost every time. It doesn't have to be a big hammer, just enough to get the parts moving a bit.
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