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#1068279 - 10/15/20 12:45 PM Upper ball joint removal tool  
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What is the best tool to use to free the upper ball joint? The factory manual lists a specialized tool (J-23742) that I doubt is readily available (although I saw one for sale online for 180.00...).


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#1068283 - 10/15/20 02:25 PM Re: Upper ball joint removal tool [Re: mikem]  
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To free the ball joint stud from the steering knuckle.
Use upper pressure with a pry bar on the upper control arm and use a heavy hammer to hit the knuckle where the ball joint stud goes in.

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#1068285 - 10/15/20 02:54 PM Re: Upper ball joint removal tool [Re: mikem]  
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Hammer.


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#1068286 - 10/15/20 02:58 PM Re: Upper ball joint removal tool [Re: mikem]  
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Harbor Freight sells a tool for popping out ball joints and tie rod ends from steering kunckles.


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#1068287 - 10/15/20 05:53 PM Re: Upper ball joint removal tool [Re: Buick Runner]  
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Originally Posted by Buick Runner
Harbor Freight sells a tool for popping out ball joints and tie rod ends from steering kunckles.


If it's the fork design it will damage the dust boot.
The way I told to do it costs nothing but a hammer and a bar.
Most people who work on cars have these two items.


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#1068295 - 10/17/20 08:44 PM Re: Upper ball joint removal tool [Re: Richie Cat]  
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Thanks all. I can use a pickle fork since I'm replacing the joint anyway (the rubber boot that retains the grease has split). Or the bar and hammer. Shouldn't be too bad. It's the original joint though, so I'm going to have to drill off the rivet heads.


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#1068300 - 10/18/20 03:10 AM Re: Upper ball joint removal tool [Re: mikem]  
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Having that ball joint spreader tool is really handy when you take the joints apart often as I have in the 86. Saw that Kent Moore tool in the Helm many moons ago. Having the necessary material and a welder a spreader was easily made, for zip. Once you loosen the upper and lower ball joint nuts two turns, install and crank the spreader, the pop will surprise you, especially with 700 lb springs. No damage and joints just like new. It may be still necessary to hit the spindle at the ball joint hole location if the joints are antiques. Because I'm always playing with the front suspension the ball joint stud and the tapered holes in the spindle get a light coating of turbine oil. This way the joints just pop without having to hit the pretty spindles with a BFH.
Bob


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