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Old 10-25-2015, 06:17 PM
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BALL JOINT BAD DAY

My daughter said the 1990 Si had the wheel off. Oh boy! The lower ball joint popped out and when the wheel bowed out it disconnected the cv axle bearings near the tranny. Guess I'll be getting new ball joints along with an axle. Thank god it happened in a parking lot instead of the highway. Do the ball joints have a circlip or snap-ring? Yes I'll be working in a parking lot. By the way, The ball itself was rusted.. Might wanna keep an eye on those for the future guys.
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Re: BALL JOINT BAD DAY

Remove the boot from the ball joint and you will see a snap ring retaining the joint into the knuckle. Now you will need a press to press out the old joint, and press in the new joint. You can rent or buy a ball joint press from oriely auto parts, it will look like this: http://www.sears.com/astro-pneumatic...SPM10526950219
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Re: BALL JOINT BAD DAY

A cordless impact helps with the c clamp style press tool. Heating the area up prior to pressing helps a great deal. Also consider most of those kits do not include the proper sizes for Honda's - so be sure you have the proper adapters.


I've broken two clamp style press tools doing bushings and balljoints.
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Re: BALL JOINT BAD DAY

You don't need a ball joint press if you have a big hammer...

Quick Balljoint Removal

I've used this method many times, and it always works.
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Re: BALL JOINT BAD DAY

Yes, that method works great for removing the tapered ball stud from knuckles, and control arms. In this case since the ball joint housing needs to be removed from the knuckle, a press may be needed. Often times you can hammer the old joints out of the knuckle once the retaining clip is removed. Driving the new ball joint in however can be a different story. Yes I have used a hammer in a pinch to drive in a joint an several vehicle, but I don't recommend it. It can damage the new joint and often times the knuckles of many vehicles don't provide the proper clearance to swing a hammer with enough force. Another option is to take the knuckle to a local shop and have them press out the old and press in the new for you. I don't know pricing in your area but I typically charge an hour(103.49) for this service.

If you wish to buy the tools for this rather than renting, they are readily available.
Ball Joint Service Kit for 2WD and 4WD Vehicles

and here is an adapter cup set to fit many more vehicles if you need it:
14 Piece Master Ball Joint Adapter Set

The harbor freight press works okay for someone that doesn't do this work often, but I have noticed in a shop setting the large clamp tends to bend. Higher end brands don't seem to have this problem.
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Re: BALL JOINT BAD DAY

Got the old ball joint out with the big c-clamp press rented fro O'Reileys . Easy to press out since the stud was separated but pressing the new one in couldn't be done with c-clamp cause the kit didn't come with a cup to fit the bottom. So I had the spacer to fit the top and just used a hammer with no problem. Guys, If you see the rubber boot torn or missing, I would suggest you to change it cause you never know what speed you'll be doing when it lets loose!No I didn't wipe these off. They were dry as a bone.
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