Date: 8 Oct 2005 12:37:57 -0700
From: "Jim" <>
Subject: Re: balljoint removal/replacment on a C900 - tools? tips?

I agree with Tom's method of whacking the "pin eye" and have used the following modified method for years: Upon removing the ball joing nut, if it is a "castle type" I turn it over and thread it so it is flush with the top of the ball joint stud. Then I apply some pressure through any clamp or spreader I can to put the ball joint stud under pressure (pushing the ball joint out). Then a little bit of pentrating oil to help loosen any rust that may have formed between the ball joint stud and retaining part (steering knuckle, control arm, etc). I then whack the top of the nut to drive the ball joint out. Sometimes if it is stubborn, I will whack the retaining part perpendicular to the ball joint stud to set up a vibration allowing the pentrating oil to work its way in. Using this method I have never damaged a boot or a frame part. The pressure on the ball joint stud reduces the amount of hammer force needed to cause a successfull separation. I use the same method for tie rod ends and any other similar joints. Jim 87 C900 RIP 87 C900S RIP

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