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Old 09-17-2012, 09:41 PM
Jim_P Jim_P is offline
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Exclamation some tips for removal

Here are a few tips for removing ball joint/tie rod ends that you don't want to ruin.
1. Don't use a pickle fork to seperate them
2. Strike the spindle/pitmen arm or what even the ball type joint is inserted into with a hammer. The impact/vibration will usually seperate them with no damage to the ball type joint. I have a hammer attachment for my air hammer that is perfect for this job.
3. When disassembling the parking break take a picture of it first. If that is not possible do one wheel at a time so you can always look at the otherside if you forget how it is assembled.
When whacking the joints apart leave the nut on there a few turns to protect threads. Same for the axle shaft.
5. Torqure specs are "Good and Tight". It's usually a good idea to preload the suspension before tighening any joints with a bushing ie. Control arms. That way there is no preload,, on The bushing when the car is sitting on it's own weight. They tend to squeek when they are tighended with the suspension fully extended and fail prematurely.

Hope you find these tips helpful,
-Jim
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