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Tool question- suspension, rear upper arm ball joint separator & ball joint reconnect

Quick question - I was wondering if anyone has used the tool linked below, or after looking at it would say it could work on the upper ball joint to disengage the knuckle from the upper arm to remove/replace my rear shocks.

It looks similar to the one in the Honda manual but I can't say for sure on size of openings. Has lots of good reviews.

http://www.amazon.com/GearWrench-391...dp/B003YVWHOE/

Also, while the manual I have (the 4g one from hosted here) goes into great detail on how to separate the joint, it does not really say anything about putting it back in.

If the ball joint is so hard to pop out, how do you pop it back in? Do you simply position it on the knuckle and tighten the castle nut until it pops back in place? Worth asking before I attempt it for the first time...

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Re: Tool question- suspension, rear upper arm ball joint separator & ball joint recon

That tool is junk! Tried it, broke it, tossed it. Wasted $30. The Honda tool is like $115 but worth it if you really need one.

A pickle fork or ball joint tool and a 4# hammer are how most folks pop joints apart. Honda uses a separator for 2 reasons...
1) It pampers the rubber stuff while separating so no 'free' parts to a customers car due to their method.
2) They get paid by the hour to replace stuff. At $85/hr, you take 30 minutes longer x 6 times a day x 200 days a year?...

Yeah you start the castle nut, set the car down and everything settles. Then complete the castle nut tighten.
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Re: Tool question- suspension, rear upper arm ball joint separator & ball joint recon

On my 5th gen, i used a jack with a piece a wood to put a small pressure on the upper arm and 1 hit with an hammer on the top of the knuckle made it pop out.

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You want a pitman arm puller. Quick, easy, cheap, won't damage any boots. Don't use a pickle fork.

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Re: Tool question- suspension, rear upper arm ball joint separator & ball joint recon

^^ you get that at ebay?
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Re: Tool question- suspension, rear upper arm ball joint separator & ball joint recon

Thanks for all the feedback guys, it's funny how many ways there are to do a single job... Maybe I should have started a poll for this.
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Re: Tool question- suspension, rear upper arm ball joint separator & ball joint recon

I vote for --> hit it with a big hammer.
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