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Old 05-28-2014, 03:36 PM
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W126 lower ball joint installation tool

This is a feeler: Has anyone bought or used the aftermarket installation tool that can be bought for @ $100?
Please refrain from telling me that the auto zone tool will work.
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Mercedes Benz W213/W126/W220 Ball Joint Installer Tool


Mercedes Benz W213 W126 W220 Ball Joint Installer Tool | eBay

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Old 05-28-2014, 04:13 PM
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There is no reason for that tool not to work, provided that the necessary press is available.
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Old 05-28-2014, 04:33 PM
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Yes

There is a thread, on the other board I believe, where someone used it.

You are able to leave the boot on the balljoint for the install, which is a huge advantage over some DIY cludges people have successfully done with the generic C-press.

As Tango notes, however, you need to find someone with a floor-model shop press to actually press it in, or take it to a garage or machine shop. Check out local prices first, the one shop I have found so far, which will do it for me with me bringing in the tool, wanted $100. Not going to happen.

BTW, I am fairly certain one or both varieties of the tool (clamp/press, tube) are available for rental from members here, on the tool rental subforum.
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Old 05-28-2014, 06:30 PM
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Yes I've got access to a pneumatic press so that's not a problem. I had found 1 person to rent from but figured if I ever have another one to do I'd have the tool.
Thanks for the info.
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Old 05-28-2014, 10:55 PM
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That particular Tool is made for use with a Hydraulic Press.

As previously stated there is a really good writ up on that JTC Tool
Don't remember which of the below it is in. Do a Post Search for JTC and see if that narrows it down.
DIY Links by Parts Category - PeachParts Mercedes ShopForum
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This may be the one I was thinking of
Write up - Ball Joints & Lower Control Arm Bushings & Tool Review (PICS!)
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Old 05-28-2014, 11:51 PM
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Freeze your all joint before installing it. Makes the ball joint slide in like butter.
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Old 05-29-2014, 12:41 AM
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Well you know; I had planned on using liquid nitrogen and doing just that.
Thanks for the info. Tool has been ordered.
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Old 05-29-2014, 01:12 AM
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I just had a local shop press them in for about $40, they did not need the tool and did a good job...
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I just bought the tool to add to my abilities. I'll let you all know what I think of it.


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I just had a local shop press them in for about $40, they did not need the tool and did a good job...
Did you watch how it was done? I am assuming so as you say they did a good job.

Please let us in on the secret.
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Here is a thread from 2007 where bodyart27 used that tool.

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Ok, thx Charlie.
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1) Not much power
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if you are going to put them, ya gotta get them out first.

Red neck lower ball joint removal

This works, I did it.

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1) Not much power
2) Even less power
3) Not nearly enough power!! 240D w/auto

Anyone that thinks a 240D is slow drives too fast.

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I have this tool. Got a 20 ton press from harbor freight also.
Posted pics on BW. The tool comes with a large punch to remove
The joints also. Works great BTW. 84 300SD

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