Tip & How-To about Honda CR-V
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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