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Old 12-26-2009, 12:02 PM
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I pressed the joint in today. I used a 1/2 in. drive socket with a pvc pipe and another metal pipe as cheaters and it went in alright. It wasn't too messy. Anyway, it's probably better than what I had and it wasn't very hard or expensive to do, so if it does last, good, if it doesn't, oh well, do it again the right way. I'll let everyone know if it doesn't work out.
Your pics does not show the "1/2 in. drive socket with a pvc pipe and another metal pipe as cheaters". Care to explain what you did? Or better yet, pics of what you did? I am especially curious how the pvc pipe was used.
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Old 12-26-2009, 12:11 PM
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Your pics does not show the "1/2 in. drive socket with a pvc pipe and another metal pipe as cheaters". Care to explain what you did? Or better yet, pics of what you did? I am especially curious how the pvc pipe was used.
I'm in NY right now, I can put up pics when I get back if you still want 'em, but it's pretty simple. I just put the handle of the ratchet into the pvc pipe and the big metal pipe into the other side. The pvc pipe was just there because the ratchet handle didn't fit into the long metal pipe. It ended up being about 3 ft. long and I was lifting up the whole table. Slowly but surely.
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Old 12-26-2009, 12:36 PM
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I'm in NY right now, I can put up pics when I get back if you still want 'em, but it's pretty simple. I just put the handle of the ratchet into the pvc pipe and the big metal pipe into the other side. The pvc pipe was just there because the ratchet handle didn't fit into the long metal pipe. It ended up being about 3 ft. long and I was lifting up the whole table. Slowly but surely.
Ok now I understand. You used the pipes on the C clamp handle as leverage. The C clamp is just a screw right? Is there a ratchet mechanism in there?
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Old 12-26-2009, 04:03 PM
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Ok now I understand. You used the pipes on the C clamp handle as leverage. The C clamp is just a screw right? Is there a ratchet mechanism in there?
The C clamp is just a screw, with a 22 mm hex on the end. I just threw the socket ratcheting wrench on it (I think you can see that in the second pic) and attached the cheaters.
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Old 12-26-2009, 09:02 PM
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Probably not a good idea. You want the ball joint to stay put. Adding lube may not allow that. Besides, the FSM does not say to lube it. After the BJ is in, I'd clean the area around the mating surface, degrease and run a bead of crazy glue around it.That should keep moisture from getting in.
I do not think it could come out unless the Spring Broke.

You have the Spring pushing the Ball Joint into the Knuckle on the top and the weight of the Car pushing the Knuckle up against the Ball Joint from below.
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Old 12-28-2009, 05:16 PM
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Alright, putting everything back together. I repacked the bearings to the best of my ability, using billybob's technique and the 1/3 turn. Brake caliper back on and trying to put the pads back in: push one piston in so I can fit the pad in, the other piston comes out a little, fine, put the pad in and start pushing the other piston in--> brake fluid starts dripping. Can't see where it's dripping from, not pistons, not hose, not the reservoir. Help!
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i found the best tool for ball joints is the factory tool or a tool i bought off ebay which does them less than 1 minute.
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Can't see where it's dripping from, not pistons, not hose, not the reservoir. Help!
.............if you can't see where it's dripping from............we certainly can't see it............
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Old 12-28-2009, 06:47 PM
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.............if you can't see where it's dripping from............we certainly can't see it............
Upon further inspection, t'was coming from the left piston. After much butchery, I managed to open the bleed screw and put the pads in with that open, bled the brakes and stomped on the pedal and didn't see any seepage. If there is a leak, it's minor and can at least be put off for a little bit. Hopefully it was just a false alarm.
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Old 12-28-2009, 07:31 PM
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Great success! Took a drive around the block, tracks just like before, no drifting whilst braking, no leakage from the caliper. How will I know if I packed the bearings incorrectly?
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How will I know if I packed the bearings incorrectly?
Read the accident investigation report.
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Old 12-28-2009, 11:19 PM
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Read the accident investigation report.
Like this?

accident investigation, wheel bearing grease
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rls=com.microsoft%3Aen-us&q=accident+investigation%2C+wheel+bearing+grease+&btnG=Search&aq=f&oq=&aqi=


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This post of a DIY Pictorial might help

Here is a right up on removing the ball joint I did - post three has the pics of driving out the ball joint:

Write up - Ball Joints & Lower Control Arm Bushings & Tool Review (PICS!)
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