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please help UCA problem

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by TanSR5x4, Oct 8, 2010.

  1. Oct 8, 2010 at 4:28 PM
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    TanSR5x4

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    i finally got all my lift stuff in and i was gonna wait for some new shoes but i got a free weekend now so i just got started on it

    the problem is i cant get the old stock UCA to separate from the spindle

    any advice or tips on this? or specialized tools and where i can get them?

    i would really like to get this done this weekend because i need my truck tuesday and its already mostly torn down

    http://allprooffroad.com/images/stories/Tacoma/suspension/coiloverkit01-600w.jpg

    those are the exact coilovers im trying to install

    http://allprooffroad.com/images/stories/Tacoma/suspension/9504aarms/9504aarm225x150.jpg

    and those are the UCAs

    thanks for the help and hopefully fast replies

    im tryin to get some pics
     
  2. Oct 8, 2010 at 4:30 PM
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    TacomaDan

    TacomaDan Don't go off ninjin

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    Well I just soaked the ball joint stud in PB blaster and then I beat it out with a hammer. Probably not the right way to do it but when I did it I replaced the ball joints anyway...
     
  3. Oct 8, 2010 at 4:33 PM
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    hers a shitty pic of what im talkin about

    uca 020.jpg
     
  4. Oct 8, 2010 at 4:35 PM
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    to get it out of the spindle or the UCA? should i have kept the shock in to maybe keep tension on it?
     
  5. Oct 8, 2010 at 4:40 PM
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    Ya to get it out of the UCA. it would have helped if you left the spring in but could also be dangerous.
     
  6. Oct 8, 2010 at 4:42 PM
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    BTW i also put the castle nut on upside down for a bigger surface area to beat on. Plus it will catch the UCA so the spindle doesnt come flying out of the UCA.
     
  7. Oct 8, 2010 at 4:47 PM
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    thanks alot! rep for the help!

    i kinda fucked the treads up already beatin on it with a hammer:/ but im about to go take another look at it and maybe put the shock back in and beat on it a little

    any other ideas would still be much appreciated!
     
  8. Oct 8, 2010 at 4:53 PM
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    You could also use a ball joint press or some sort of puller. Maybe a universal pulley puller? Ya I'd recommend replacing the ball joint if you get the chance.
     
  9. Oct 8, 2010 at 5:06 PM
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    alright i got it out! i started using a pully puller but it kept twisting on me so i left it kinda tightened down and beat it out with a 3# sledge:)

    lol so now if anyone has any good tips or trick for gettin the ball joint out of the spindle i would love to hear it.

    thanks very much dan! and anyone else who has some advice and wants some rep
     
  10. Oct 8, 2010 at 5:08 PM
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    No prob. I luckily did mine in a full self service shop we have on base so they had all the pullers/presses I needed. IIRC autozone or whatever should have a ball joint press kit. It should be the same kit for removing and replacing ball joints.
     
  11. Oct 8, 2010 at 5:46 PM
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    yeah that would be nice. yeah i guess i gotta get something like that at autozone cuz im beatin on this ball in the spindle and it aint budging

    still open to any other suggestions tho
     
  12. Oct 9, 2010 at 9:20 AM
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  13. Oct 9, 2010 at 9:51 AM
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    I had the exact same problem!!!

    Go to your closest auto parts store and buy a 'pitman puller'!!!

    I beat on my stock ucas with a hammer for hours and could not get it seperated no matter what.

    The pitman puller got it off within 2 minutes! It only cost about $20 too

    Good luck
     
  14. Oct 9, 2010 at 11:02 AM
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    i can't really think of the real name but like a tie rod fork they make bigger ones for ball joints
     
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    yeah i think people call it a pickle fork lol

    yeah it was a real bitch but i finally got them off and back together:)

    im starting on the rear now and i just went to take the tires off and i guess one of my lug nuts was crossthreaded cuz i broke the whole stud gettin it off

    anymore suggestions for the rear this time would be splendid
     
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    alright now that i broke that stud i need to get the drum off of that side to replace it right?

    does anyone know how to get the drum off?

    pretty frustrated at this point
     
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    anybody? im pretty clueless right now. my neighbor insists on turnin that little star thing in there but now the wheel is locked up and wont turn at all

    what can i do?
     
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    take a pic and post if u can and someone will chim in
     
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    Alright here goes. First make sure your E-Brake is off. Next find a bolt that has the same threads as the ones on the face of the drum near the middle. There should be two on opposite sides. Here's what I did. The time I was replacing my timing belt I got bored. Apparently the bolts that hold the timing belt tensioner are the exact same thread/pitch as the drum holes. So pretty much just find two bolts and thread them in and put equal turns into both and it should come off. IF it looks a bit rusted to the hub try sprayin some PB blaster to clear off the rust and what not.
     
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    ok i tried all that but finally just gave up finished the lift and dropped her down

    now my most recent problem is the back sits way higher than the front. im sure it will settle a little but i want to get the front higher

    i feel dumb for askin but how do you adjust these coilovers? i got 2 spanner wrenches but idk

    do i need to turn both of the rings on the bottom or just one?
     
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