Spindle help - Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board
Hotrodders.com -- Hot Rod Forum

Register FAQ Search Today's Posts Unanswered Posts Auto Escrow Insurance Auto Loans
Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board > Tech Help> Suspension - Brakes - Steering
User Name
lost password?   |   register now

LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 06-18-2003, 10:25 PM
DoubleVision's Avatar
Not Considered a Senior Member
Last photo:
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Heart Of Dixie
Age: 43
Posts: 10,733
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 19
Thanked 77 Times in 71 Posts
Spindle help

I`m attempting to install 2 inch drop spindles on my 86 cutlass supreme, I got shocks off, sway bar disconnected, steering arms off, rotor off, and I loosened the top and bottom spindle nuts and placed a jack under the lower control arm, I also have a real long steel bar down the shock hole through the middle of the coil spring to keep it from coming out. only problem is, the lower control arm and ball joint won`t come out of the spindle, top or bottom, I took the lower nut off and lowered the jack, no go, I replaced the nut just a couple of turns on and bumped the control arm with a sledge hammer, still no go. anyone got any suggestions on what I can do to get them out? I have kept lube sprayed on them and the sway bar end links in the control arm both broke off rather than removing the nut, but the car spent a lot of time in the northern states and everything is rusted on. I`m not much of a suspension guy but know the basics, any help is appreciated.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 06-18-2003, 10:41 PM
highsierra's Avatar
New Member
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: alabama
Age: 29
Posts: 13
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

Last edited by highsierra; 06-18-2003 at 11:02 PM.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 06-18-2003, 10:57 PM
troy-curt's Avatar
Shop Owner And Troll Hunter

Last journal entry: Detailing Eng. Compartment
Last photo:
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Prairie Grove Ar.
Age: 78
Posts: 2,646
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

I take it your going to replace the ball joint if they have been on the car that long so your not trying to save it, I use a ball joint seperater (pickle fork) in my air hammer, knock them right off.
You can also get them to use with a shop hammer. I`ve had to do it like your doing it,sometimes they are hard to knock lose.

Take a long pry bar insert right behind the ball joint on top of the lower control arm all the way to underneth the frame, you`ll be prying down on the control arm. leave the nut on like before, lower the jack just below the arm. pry down while someone uses the hammer on the control arm,just keep pounding it will come lose.same way on the upper ball joint, get to where you can pry on it while pounding with the hammer. HTH.

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 06-24-2003, 08:50 PM
30chevycoupe's Avatar
Registered User
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Ridgeland, Ms
Age: 65
Posts: 9
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Lightbulb Saving Ball joint

One way to save the ball joint if it is new, is to get a two arm gear puller, Hook the ears around the arm and use the center bolt to push the ball joint stud up.

Leave the nut ON so you will save the threads on the ball joint or tie rod end; works on both a lot of times.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 06-24-2003, 09:22 PM
BstMech's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: TN. In the corporate states of America
Age: 44
Posts: 1,552
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Try smacking the knuckle (spindle) on the side with a decent sized hammer right where the balljoint stud passes through it. You can leave the nut on the balljoint if you like. If that don't get it, you can do like Troy curt said having someone pry down on the lower control arm while you whack the side of the knuckle with a hammer.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 06-25-2003, 01:18 AM
jalopy45's Avatar
Last photo:
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Christmas Valley OR
Age: 69
Posts: 547
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 4 Times in 3 Posts

An old trick is to place a small sledge hammer on one side of the spindle where the ball joint sud comes thru and smack it on the opposite side with another sledge. The sudden impact will cause them to part. This works with ball joints and tie rod ends. It will cause no damage to the shafts!
Rods Built By Owners(RBBO)club member
wrecking yard archeologist
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Recent Suspension - Brakes - Steering posts with photos

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name (usually not your first and last name), your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Please select your insurance company (Optional)


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:54 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright Hotrodders.com 1999 - 2012. All Rights Reserved.