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Old 06-26-2021, 05:49 PM
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Originally Posted by BigBody View Post
With all the bolts holding the thrust arm loosened, bang on the top of the arm with a hammer, and it will pop off the ball joint. The thrust arm is so beefy, that I highly doubt it would cause any damage. Furthermore, if your doing a complete replacement of the arm and bushing, it shouldn't matter if you damage it (though you wont) anyway.

I wish it were that easy... all the vids I've watched they either skip that part (the joint is already loose) or they used a ball joint tool and said the tool was necessary for the job. Trying to determine a cost effective option.

From posts I've read elsewhere, the HF and autozone tool doesn't fit because there wasn't enough span to fit this ball joint.
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