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Ball Joint Stuck

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by jb1390, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. jb1390

    jb1390 Senior Member
    Messages: 710

    I am doing ball joints (and now every single tie rod end after looking at them) on my 98 2500. I borrowed a press from a friend (the joint has to be pressed in place), and bent it without the joint moving. Any ideas on how to get the joint out? I can straighten the c-press on a hydraulic press at work, but I don't want to have to take the whole lower arm off to get it to a hydraulic press. I was thinking about making my own ball joint press using a 20 ton bottle jack. Any other ideas? Maybe just a big hammer? Everything else came off real easily.
     
  2. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,439

    I'm assuming lowers only b/c uppers aren't pressed in. As for the lowers, heat works wonders. Use a torch and heat around the outside of the joint on the control arm. It'll come right out. Also, depending on the style press you are using, you may have to cut off half of the end of the joing to get it to work. Sometimes they run out of room on the removal process.
     
  3. jb1390

    jb1390 Senior Member
    Messages: 710

    A little heat works wonders-I was hesitant to heat it because I didn't want to soften the arm, but it didn't take much heat with the BFH. All's good now.
     
  4. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,439

    Good to hear
     
  5. APLC

    APLC Senior Member
    Messages: 206

    The BFH always wins. Had to go through the same thing a few weeks ago