So my passenger side lower ball joint snapped a week or so ago and after getting the parts and sending them back cause the boots were fubar, I finally got them and started replacing.
Question is, on the lower ball joint I got the nut off but the rest of the ball joint wont come out, Ive been out there beating on it for the past 35 mins. Is there any tips or info on how to get the rest of this thing out? Any infos appreciated.
Are you saying the threaded part is still stuck in the steering knuckle?
A two jaw puller will pop that out fairly easily; load it up with the puller, and tap the bottom with a hammer... it will come shooting out at some point, so don't be under it, right?
Or, If you're talking about the ball joint:
I've never replaced just a ball joint on the lower control arm; buy the whole arm, and get new bushings with it. There are presses to replace just the joint, but since the ball joint is ~$10 less than the whole arm on Rockauto, why do that?
Also, don't use heat on suspension parts you plan to re-use; you'll regret it.
Best case, that can lead to the never-ending-slightly-off-alignment issue, lol. (It will bend every time you hit a big bump. Sometimes in different directions, depending...)
Advanced will rent tools (here, anyway); they have a puller kit, as well as the ball joint kit, if you're determined.
Good luck, and use of a hammer is required, lol.
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