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  1. #16
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    No damage from that tool, but a pickle fork will tear the boot.

    You'll need a good shop, to replace the lower ball joint, in the control arm.

    Trust me, on this.

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    You can also get the ball joint out of the knuckle by hitting the side of the knuckle with a decent sized hammer, right where the bolt goes through. You might have to hit it a few good whacks, but the ball joint will pop out.

    I learned a long time ago, if I'm not replacing the ball joint, I don't hit the bolt....even with a nut on it.

    I swing a Harbor Freight short handled 4 pounder at front end parts ;-) I don't have to swing very many times lol

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    Cool. I think I’ll pass by autozone and rent a ball joint separator. Thanks guys
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    Finally finished removing the entire front suspension. It was a PITA. Made auto parts and harbor freight runs several times. Decided to remove knuckle so I can have a local shop install new ball joints.

    Question, do I need to lubricate the bushings on the lower control arm? Also, on my exisisting tension strut (front lower control arm), how do I know if and when lubricant needs to be added thru the grease fitting?

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    Yes, a similar ball joint tool to the one that diboblo shows is available at Harbor Freight for like $20. It's the best way to separate ball joints without wailing on them with a 5 lb sledge. Yes, the ball joint is pressed into the knuckle. Last time I looked a new knuckle is like $700, and it won't come with a ball joint already pressed in. Best bet is to have a shop remove the old ball joint and press in a new one. Note, Harbor Freight also sells a ball joint press, but it will NOT work on these ball joints. You need a special adapter to press out the lower ball joints on the LX suspension, most shops have it. Also note there is a C-clip retainer on the bottom of the ball joint that needs to come off so it will press out, be sure the shop installs the clip on the new one. Most ball joints don't have the extra keeper and the tech may not realize it's needed. Goes without saying, ball joint replacement is not easy on these cars, so buy the best ones you can afford.
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