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Half shaft problem

I am changing the right half shaft, and cannot get the ball joint to come out. any ideas

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You need to take off the control arm. the ball joint is pressed into it and it does not come off unless you press it out in a vise.

Posted on Oct 15, 2008

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You need a spindle nut, a bearing puller and a tie rod puller. Get a Haynes manual and it will walk you through the installation.

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SOURCE: 1996 geo metro, passenger side half shaft (CV

i use a 3 arm puller to force the shaft out of the hub spline (do not hammer on the cv shaft at all, you will destroy it), and either a pickle fork or a specialy designed ball joint puller to seperate the balljoint from the knuckle. if you dont have a special puller and need to save the balljoint. try using a 6 or 8 foot steel bar to pry down on the lower control arm while another person strikes the knuckle at the balljoint location. note pin retainer type balljoints have a small slot which can be spread open alittle with a cold cut chisel or larg screw driver once the cv shaft is out of the way

Posted on May 28, 2010

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