New? Tool for Breaking Loose Ball Joints
Don't know if this is ancient history, but it works for me:
Changing ball joints on my '66 Chevy C10 truck and I couldn't find the GM recommended tool to break the ball joints loose. The shop manual shows a special tool that pushes against the opposite ball joint and ball joint to be removed. All I could find was the standard forks that you beat with a BFH (Big Hammer). That didn't work for me--guess I'm not strong enough to deliver a powerful enough blow.
At that point I brainstormed a tool that would work under same principle as the GM tool. Turns out that an off the shelf pitman arm remover works great if the user turns the treaded shaft around in the tool. Doing so allowed me to properly break the ball joint loose from the steering knuckle.
Again, I don't know if this is a new process or ancient history, but wanted to share it with fellow knuckle draggers.
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