Date: Sun, 02 Oct 2005 19:45:26 +0100
From: "Charles C." <>
Subject: Re: [Saab_c900] balljoint removal/replacment on a C900 - tools? tips?

John B wrote: > On Sun, 02 Oct 2005 13:53:06 +0100, Charles C. wrote: > >>OK. Whichever way you use, you must compress the coil spring with >>spring clamps before you can remove the ball joint. See more below. > > > Ok, I did c900 balljoints recently, and this is totally not true. Me thinks you are wrong (a) you did not read all the message where I mentioned jamming up the suspension (ok you mentioned spacers). (b) The idea of using the clamps is over and above jamming or spacing the wishbone as they will take a lot of the tension whether the tension goes on the wishbone or on the inner wing. Both of which - according to your and my message - are known to collapse. (c) The book does not tell you to use clamps nor does it tell you that your 15-20 year old car will collapse if pressure is put in the wrong place. > You just need > to insert spacers between the body and the upper A-arm, as detailed in the > Bentley manual (and here's a tip from me- if you're not using the offical Saab > spacer tool, make sure the spacers you use on either side of the A-arm are the > same size. Otherwise the A-arm gets twisted a bit by the pressure of the spring > and it's really tough to get the ball joints in and out of the A-arm). Also, I > used a cheap ball joint fork rather than a press tool. It took some hammering, > but it worked just fine. And if you are lucky you will have done only small damage to the alignment of the wishbone. And that for a tool that costs (in Blighty any way) 10GBP versus a fork that costs half that. > > Good luck, > > John Charles :-) -- Please remove _removeme_ to reply.

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