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Easy disassembly of ball joints.

When replacing struts or replacing a cvu half shaft there is a way to disassemble the ball joint with out using a pickle fork( a pickle fork will damage the rubber boot and the ball joint can not be reused) This is how to dissasemble without damaging the ball joint boot. Jack up the car and support the car at the frame allowing the front suspension to hang, remove the cotter pin that is used on the nut that holds the ball joint onto the spindle carrier, loosen the ball joint nut about half way (do not remove nut completely) of course if you intend to replace the stut you must disconnect the two large bolts that hold the lower strut to the spindle carrier be sure to have the strut compressor in place and tightened down, proceed to hit the colar where the ball joint slips into with a large ball pean hammer it should take a couple of good hard wacks and the ball joint will come free, only continue to loosen nut after you are sure the strut compressor has been tighten down enough to make it safe to fully remove the nut.

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how to remove lower ball joint?Pickle fork not big enough to break loose

Hi We do not have this vehicle here, need to know what type of suspension it has, more than likely it is a McPherson strut assembly, if it is the bottom ball joint will need to be released, I have found some very tight and have had to use both a portable hydraulic tool or the heavy duty pneumatic pickle fork with real good air pressure, one I had to warm the tapered eye boss area with a gas torch with the hydraulic tool at max. One other method is to leave the ball joint nut on loosely, heat the tapered eye area and with a very heavy duty brass drift and heavy hammer hit the side of the tapered eye assembly, this may pop the tapered ball joint bolt free. This is not at times an easy home workshop repair, you will need to be a very mechanical person, good luck. P.

Jun 24, 2014 | 2002 Mercury Sable

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I'm trying to replace the bearing in a 2004 mazda 3 Having trouble removing the housing from between the upper and lower suspension, we're using the pickle fork but are unsure why the pin wont come loose... Can you help?

I am going to make some assumptions here , by housing , i'm thinking that you mean the hub/knuckle assembly. when you say pickle fork , I'm thinking that you are talking about a boll joint seperator fork. So........based on those assumptions , I'm thinking that you are having trouble getting the lower ball joint to pop out of the knuckle assembly.
I checked a parts suplier and looked at the ball joint . It is not a tapered fit into the knuckle , it is a strait stud with a dished groove around it. That tells me that there will be a bolt going across the ball joint from one side to another. The ball joint shaft will not come out of the knuckle untill the bolt is completely removed , loosening it will not work. Good luck

Oct 16, 2010 | 2011 Mazda MAZDA3

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front end bushing and ball joint do you need to change upper and lower bushings at same time and how hard is to them

It's not required to change the upper and the lower at the same time. However it will save you time if you do them both as if one is going out the other will soon.
The actual job is not that difficult but you may need a pickle fork or a ball joint removal tool to disconnect the ball joints from the steering knuckle. You will also need a ball joint press to remove/install the ball joints. You may also need a strut spring compressor. You can rent these at an auto parts store.
Basically you have to do the following -loosen lug nuts -jack the vehicle up and place on jack stands -remove wheel -remove upper ball joint cotter pin and nut -remove lower ball joint cotter pin and nut -with pickle fork/ball joint removal tool remove both upper and lower ball joints from steering knuckle -disconnect tie rod end from knuckle (optional depending on clearance) -disconnect strut (be sure to install strut spring compressors) -with ball joint press you will need to press both ball joints out (you also use the press to install ball joints)
Installation is reverse of removal.
For exact instructions you can buy the manual for about $20 or go to autozone.com, register, and view the manual on their site for free.

Jan 26, 2010 | 1999 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup

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Ball joint replacement-2003 Ford Sport Trac

if you dont have a ball joint press and dont know how to use one then dont do it, but if you do its not that bad of a job just jack the truck up under the control arm remove the brake rotor then take the lower ball joint nut off then use a pickle fork to break the ball joint loose then take the axle nut off push the axle out of the bearing and use the ball joint press to remove and replace the ball joint

Jul 19, 2009 | Ford Sport Trac Cars & Trucks

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CV joint replacement

Generally no tool is required. If you use a "pickle fork" you will risk damaging the dust boot.

Have you tried whacking the spindle right near where the ball joint stud comes through? This will take a few good shots to break it loose.

Be careful not to hit the threads!

Jun 25, 2008 | 2001 Honda Odyssey

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