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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-14-2008, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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so how do you all get the ball joints out? tired and need to get done. thank you.
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so how do you all get the ball joints out? tired and need to get done. thank you.
Those ball joints in the lower control arms, are a pain to get out, unless your superman, your going to need to get them pressed out, which is what I had to do, install was a breeze, because for some reason they don't press in, well mine didn't anyways.
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Ball Joint Removal

Per our Subaru manual:

1) Remove the wheels.
2) Pull out the cotter pin from the ball stud, remove
the castle nut, and extract the ball stud from the
transverse link.
3) Remove the bolt securing the ball joint to the
housing.
4) Extract the ball joint from the housing.

Ours practically fell out. We did step three and four first and pulled down on the control arm to pull it out of the housing.

Try wetting it down with some Marvel Mystery Oil if it is stuck. If you leave the bolt in the housing, the ball joint will not come out.

Which end is stuck in your situation, top or bottom?
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Per our Subaru manual:

1) Remove the wheels.
2) Pull out the cotter pin from the ball stud, remove
the castle nut, and extract the ball stud from the
transverse link.
3) Remove the bolt securing the ball joint to the
housing.
4) Extract the ball joint from the housing.

Ours practically fell out. We did step three and four first and pulled down on the control arm. to pull it out of the housing.

Try wetting it down with some Marvel Mystery Oil if it is stuck. If you leave the bolt in the housing, the ball joint will not come out.

Which end is stuck in your situation, top or bottom?
Your's just fell out, must be nice, mine was a PITA, had to get it pressed out, sounded like a gun shot when it finally came out. But maybe sometimes that's the only way, if it's never been replaced, like mine which had been flattened.
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I Just did mine per the instruction manual, but I ended up having to pop them off with a pickle fork. If you're planing on replacing the ball joints, don't worry about damaging them, just use a pickle fork.

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I Just did mine per the instruction manual, but I ended up having to pop them off with a pickle fork. If you're planing on replacing the ball joints, don't worry about damaging them, just use a pickle fork.
After I bent my 4 foot cheater bar and snapped my pickle fork I decided to take the steering knuckle to a shop. 10 minutes and 10$ later it was out.
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hi. thank you for help. got a pitman arm remover for control arm side. then used a pickle fork at various angles to shimmy it out of the knukle. didn't take to long once i got the pickle fork.
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