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Ball joint separator

Where can I buy a ball joint separator and a tie rod separator I need them to do my lift according to the instructions, to get the spindle off.
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Auto-Zone Rents them for free, other then that you can probally buy one at any auto parts store
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Awesome I didnt know they did that for free! I also just found a search that said lots of people just use a hammer and beat it off. Thanks alot!
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Awesome I didnt know they did that for free! I also just found a search that said lots of people just use a hammer and beat it off. Thanks alot!
That works too, just becareful not to damage the threads.
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Yeah I was thinking about that. Do you know anything bout the tie rods will a hammer work on them to?
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With the tie rods a hammer should work just fine. As for the ball joints I don't think just a hammer will work you might need a tuning fork to help pry them out. If you can get a hold of a ball joint press that would be the easiest way to go about it
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Alright thanks alot I will just rent from autozone.
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if you use a hammer, leave the nut on the joint or tie rod end, above the threads on the stud, so you will hammer on the nut and not the threads, until it pops loose.
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With the tie rods a hammer should work just fine. As for the ball joints I don't think just a hammer will work you might need a tuning fork to help pry them out. If you can get a hold of a ball joint press that would be the easiest way to go about it
Actually you only need a ball joint press for taking the ball joint out of the control arm not for removing it from the spindle.


But in reply here, pickle forks work well but they do tear up the boot of the tie rod ends and ball joints usually so i find it pointless using them on reuseable parts. If you take the tie rod end nut off spin it back on upside down flush with the threads and whack the top of it if you must or else you can just hit the spindle in the same spot. As for the ball joint you want to loosen the nut all the way to the top of the ball joint because there is deadly spring pressure if you just take the ball joint nut off and hammer it. Loosen the nut to the top and beat the part of the spindle where the ball joint goes in. Remember WD-40 is your friend.
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I have used a 3-arm gear puller with great success for removing lower ball joints. For upper ball-joints, a pry-bar and a hammer work quite well.
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i will say this bout bangin on the balljoint and TRE, hit it to hard, and you trash it.... i've hit balljoints on different occassions and once i get them out the are loose and just flop around, and didn't want to try to re-install then find out they were bad... so i don't know how good of an idea it is to just bang on the balljoints.....
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Vegas auto zone charges full price to rent and then upon return you get full price back so they can insure you bring it back,,,
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I used a hammer, no problems, I used gentle tapping/nudging and the poped out with ease, and no problems after reinstalling.
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