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Re: How did you get to the ball joint? (archive)

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Posted by David on August 30, 2001 at 22:33:08:

In Reply to: How did you get to the ball joint? posted by Chris Rose on August 30, 2001 at 21:51:29:

You will need to get under the car to do this job. There are a couple of things you will need to do this easily. The required 22mm open end wrench will be to thick to get on the bushing through bolt. Buy a cheap one and grind the sides slightly to thin it, but not too much as you will weaken it. Second, remove the three bolts that hold the steering plate to the bottom of the strut. It has a guide notch so it is easy to put back. This will allow you to rotate the entire rotor/strut assembly out of the way and give you good access. I used the pickle fork and a 3LB sledge to break mine free. I took a dozen or so 2 handed swings to get it out. Dont miss or time for some body work or a new rotor! When you are putting back the new part hammer the ball joint down to seat it or when you tighten the nut the bolt will spin. Good luck and don't forget to tell us all about how you too hate the pickle fork.

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