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Old 09-08-2005, 02:51 PM
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Pressing balljoints

Hi All,

I'm going through my '87 Corvette front suspension replacing worn components and prepping the rest for powdercoating. I've managed to disassemble everything but the lower balljoints. They press out (and in), but I'm really straining my 12 ton press and may be doing something wrong. Before I bust parts, I thought I'd better ask. They don't appear to have any snap rings or clips, but they ain't budging!

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Lubricated with some oil, you should be able to knock them out with a hammer.......Not sure about the Vette ones, but the passenger car ball joints don't have a clip or anything. They should press in and out quite easilly...Are you trying to press them out the bottom?.....I use the weight of the vehicle to press them back in.
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I think you will find this article useful:

Corvette Fever - our '85 gets a front suspension rebuild


Note this warning:

"The ball joint on the lower control arm requires a special tool to remove it without harming or distorting the aluminum control arm. This one tool removes and installs the ball joints. If you donít have this tool, take your control arms to a certified technician who has the tool to prevent damage to your control arms"
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OTC make the tool for that. With it you can remove and install the ball joint without taking the control arm off of the car. The great thing about the tool is you don't risk warping your control arm or a-frame. Your local NAPA store should be able to order the tool for you, thats where I get my OTC special tools.
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I haven't done ball joints on a vette...but the ones on my S10 were in ther tight. I don't think any ammount of 2# sledge work would have knocked them out. I used a press (like the one in the vette article posted above) from Harbor Freight. Pressing them out when ok but putting in new Moog balljoints took all the force from my 600ft*lb impact and wacking with a 2# sledge to go in. I would think your 12-ton press would have to work somewhat hard to press them out/in.
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Got it done! I was trying to press on the stud and it wasn't working. I ended up removing the boot cover and using a pair of 3" long tubing cut-offs of the right size and the joints popped right out.

ckucia: Thanks for that article - I saved it for future use.

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