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Custom Thrust Arm Removal Tool (archive)

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Posted by George Mann on December 26, 2000 at 18:43:07:

In Reply to: Thrust Arms and Balljoints posted by Alex Lynch on December 26, 2000 at 18:02:14:

Happy Holidays Alex,
OK you used an air chisel...that means you have
air....(brilliant huh?) guess what...I know, I
know I should but....I don't. You know the
pickle fork story...will ruin the ball joint seal
every time...hence the ball joint puller inquiry.
Don't want to pony up for the Bav Auto puller.
Liked your comment about about the custom thrust
arrm nut removal tool. Funny stuff as to have a sense of humor with these cars don't you? I, like you, will be sacrificing one of my shiney Craftsman 22's if BIG DADDY'S advice doesn't come through. Incidently, can you help Sergio below?...check out his post and my
Best Regards,

Hi Geroge,

I removed the balljoints with an air chisel equipped with a pointed bit. Loosen the nut on the balljoint a couple of turns, place the pointed bit of the air chisel in the dimple on the end of the balljoint, then bump away. Usually the second or third time will do the trick and it does not damage the boot on the balljoint. As for the nut on the end of the thrust arm, I ground down a 22mm Craftsman wrench until it would slip onto the nut. I just used the ground down wrench to hold the nut then loosened/tightened the bolt. Yes, you do sacrifice a 22mm wrench but I consider it to be a $10 "custom thrust arm nut removal tool" rather than a ruined wrench. Besides, how many "special" BMW tools only cost $10?


Alex Lynch
1992 735i 194,000 miles
1972 2002 187,000 miles

Thanks for the tip on Thrust arm removal.
Where did you get/purchase your ball joint puller?
I understand that not all pullers will work with
these ball joints.
By the way....gotta say, love the name....adds spice to the board...kind of belies the stuffy
Bimmer owner stereotype!
Best Regards,
90 735il/144K

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