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Old 03-03-2014, 02:01 PM
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Heres a video of the other tool i am talking about, this will do it.

How to Replace a Truck Ball Joint : How to Press Out a Truck's Lower Ball Joint - YouTube


You can rent at advance auto parts free just put a charge on card and once returned its refunded.
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Old 03-03-2014, 02:03 PM
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Ohhhh... Ok i see, its mounted differently then i thought.


In this case rent the balljoint tool from advance auto, its a huge c clamp with different fittings that for example allows you to push on the stud while not putting pressure on the top of it.

You need to push from the top and not the stud to remove the ball joint.
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I like real fix real fast video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHCPlh8Loug
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I recently redid the entire front suspension and wheel bearings in my X5, the puller that is listed above is the exact same one which i used, (so exact in fact, i believe the one they took a photo of is mine!!) it worked like a charm! i have pretty much any puller/pusher/picklefork at my disposal and this one is always my go to tool for ball joints.
time is also a good tool to have. If you put the puller on, cinch it up a bit, then go off to do something else, you may find that the ball joint pops out while youre away!
Good luck with your project!
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once the ball joint was disconnected from the tension arm, i took it off and used a BFH on it, (placed a large impact socket on top of it, so i wouldnt damage the knuckle if i missed (when i missed!?) it did take alot of frustration out when i did finally get it to pop! its stuck in there good! (oh obvious question here but you did remove the two bolts that hold it onto the knuckle right?)
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The free rental kit from Autozone works great for me. I have had some success with a pickle fork but it took many whacks with a 2 pound hammer. I have a ball joint separator tool but the kit or the pickle fork work much better.
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In the real case, you cannot removed the tension strut from the ball joint before you remove the whole thing (ball joint with tensiion strut together) from the swivel bearing, because you do not have enough space to put the ball joint extractor to do it. So the problem is how to remove the ball joint from swivel bearing? Here is what I found in TIS, BMW uses this special tool to remove the ball joint from swivel bearing (the upper one), where can we get the special tool?
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The special tool looks like a slide hammer with an attachment so that it threads onto the ball joint. Interesting. What is on the other side (non threaded side) of the ball joint? Can you just take a socket and hammer and whack it out?

I need to look into how to get this ball joint out if I need to. It's been 114k miles on my family's X5 and it may be time.

Edit: Looked at the expert village video. Looks like that is an easy solution with a tool rented from Autozone. I don't know if it would work on our ball joint though since it has those "ears". How much of a press fit are they? Maybe if they aren't that tight, you could just hammer it out from the back.
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The special tool looks like a slide hammer with an attachment so that it threads onto the ball joint. Interesting. What is on the other side (non threaded side) of the ball joint? Can you just take a socket and hammer and whack it out?

I need to look into how to get this ball joint out if I need to. It's been 114k miles on my family's X5 and it may be time.

Edit: Looked at the expert village video. Looks like that is an easy solution with a tool rented from Autozone. I don't know if it would work on our ball joint though since it has those "ears". How much of a press fit are they? Maybe if they aren't that tight, you could just hammer it out from the back.
You don't have enough space to hammer the top of the joint. If you want to hammer it, you have to remove the whole spindle.
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You don't have enough space to hammer the top of the joint. If you want to hammer it, you have to remove the whole spindle.
Yes, exactly, that is the issue here. If we go through the trouble of removing the whole knuckle, then we have access and can drive the ball joint out from the top with your tool of choice (BFH and drift, air chisel, rental ball joint press, etc.). But, for now, I am trying to remove the ball joint without removing the entire knuckle. As a matter of fact, I am off to do battle right now . . . I'll let you know how it goes.

By the way, the slide hammer (special tool) looks very interesting, I wonder how well it works. Thanks.
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