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Upper Ball Joints

Discussion in 'Arizona' started by cmack, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. Dec 23, 2011 at 5:07 PM
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    Went to change my pass side one out today and got it out of the UCA and then the spindles said :brianr: and no go. SO, monday I'm going to probably just remove the spindle and the UCA and see if I can find a shop with a press that can press the old one out of the spindle and the new on into the UCA and the spindle. I tried a BFH and the 3 arm clamps from HF. That worked for the UCA...

    Anyone know of such a shop that can do this? Located in N. Phoenix, bordering N. Scottsdale. Or does anyone here have a press we could use for it? I know it's holiday time, but I need to get this shit done by early next week.

    It's rigged up like this and sitting until I can get it sorted out.


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  2. Dec 23, 2011 at 5:32 PM
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    dam that sucks soak it down with pb blaster . or try a little heat on the spindle not smoking hot just get it warm
     
  3. Dec 23, 2011 at 9:06 PM
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  4. Dec 24, 2011 at 12:49 AM
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    Brian (BFA) and I spoke on the phone and he's going to help me tomorrow night or Sunday night. :) He's done a few sets and has a couple tricks. I'm going to remove the UCA and spindle and we're going to press the old out of the spindle and the new in the spindle and UCA at his place and then I'll just bolt up and be good to go.


    Sometimes having the taco out of commission isn't so bad. Gives me a chance to appreciate the other rigs....

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  5. Dec 24, 2011 at 12:55 AM
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    Pretty he's got a press or is renting one for it. Will be easier not doing in the wheel well I guess :laugh:
     
  6. Dec 24, 2011 at 1:51 AM
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    warning. brian is a noob at this.
     
  7. Dec 24, 2011 at 1:58 AM
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    He said on the phone he did yours and his. This is the first time I personally have done the upper ball joints before.
     
  8. Dec 24, 2011 at 2:33 AM
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    hey connor if the UCA's are still on the truck take a 10-15 pound sledge & give the UCA's a couple good whacks right in the area where the ball joint comes thru. the UCA (DO NOT HIT THE BALL JOINT ) just the UCA.

    After you do that find a hardened impact socket that will fit over the stud & is equivlent to slightly smaller than the ball joint. Now take the sledge @ hit the socket hard & squarely 4 or 5 times & it should just about fall out on its own....;):)
     
  9. Dec 24, 2011 at 4:39 PM
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    The ball joint is still on the spindle, but not the UCA. I managed to get it out of the UCA, just the spindle said :brianr:


    Tomorrow I'm going to remove the spindle and UCA from the truck and go to Brians (BFA) hopefully and we can get it out and the new one in. My 35mm or 36mm deep socket seemed to fit it well. Might take some swings at it before I go to Brians and get some anger out :D
     
  10. Dec 24, 2011 at 4:44 PM
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    did you happen to remove the retaining clip from the top of the balljoint ?
     
  11. Dec 24, 2011 at 4:46 PM
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    OH SHIT CONNOR, before you beat on anything check for big C-clips !!!
     
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    The snap ring? Is it sitting between the ball joint and the spindle? Cause like I said the UCA and the ball joint are disconnected. I know the new one came with one but I was searching for the old one and didn't have much luck....
     
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    hmmm :D them fuckers got me before
     
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    I just PM'd him about that too
     
  15. Dec 24, 2011 at 4:49 PM
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    it doesnt stick out much . run a flat head screw driver around the top of the balljoint
     
  16. Dec 24, 2011 at 4:52 PM
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    Mine was on there good if it's what I'm thinking of..............I have a grinded down flathead screwdriver as a chisel. So BFH and hit it around to try and get it off? That small lip between the spindle and the ball joint?
     
  17. Dec 24, 2011 at 5:39 PM
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    yup should be a groove with the clip in it . get 2 flatheads and pry it up and work it around and it should pop off
     
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    Will tackle it tomorrow. :anonymous:
     
  19. Dec 25, 2011 at 5:49 PM
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    Finished. I hate c clips. Gave me the most trouble. Oh well it's done and over with.
     
  20. Dec 25, 2011 at 5:52 PM
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    Right on. Glad it was just that and nothing worse
     
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