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12-04-2011, 10:13 PM
does anyone still do this in town? Im in need or a ball joint press and cannot afford to buy one right now

12-05-2011, 12:03 PM
229.99 + tax deposit 21pc ball joint press at Partsource Churchill plaza

Loan-a tool gotta pay up front, get full refund when you bring it back

Barry Morris
12-05-2011, 01:06 PM
Check the rental places.

12-05-2011, 08:33 PM
Sound Bear, a pickle fork will take it out and just tightening the nut will reseat a ball joint or am I wrong?

Barry Morris
12-06-2011, 09:47 AM
I suspect it depends on the structure.

I always used a big pry bar, and a helper. Jack the vehicle, loosen the nut, don't take it off, and have a buddy stand on a six foot bar to apply some separating force. Then whack on the side of the knuckle with a BIG hammer. The shock will pop it out.

But, again, depends on the vehicle.

P.S. A pickle fork works, but screws up the rubber. OK if you're replacing the joint.

12-06-2011, 05:59 PM
There you go weasel, and no rental or lending needed.

Barry Morris
12-07-2011, 10:49 PM
PS, an aluminum bat makes a great pry bar!!!

Barry Morris
03-05-2012, 05:51 PM
An update. Just did lower ball joints on a front wheel drive 99 Buick Regal. There's no room for the pry bar and hammer trick, had to buy a pickle fork!!!