Ball joint separator tool

Ball joint separator tool

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bayzoo

Original Poster:

76 posts

6 months

Friday 28th May
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Hi,

Can someone please recommend a ball joint separator tool - I attempted to change my control arms today’s but the Draper tool I bought had jaws that weren’t wide enough to get over the dust boot - here’s the tool here:

https://www.drapertools.com/product/13914/Ball-Joi...

I only paid 15 quid for it but still a waste of money - it doesn’t seem that well made.

I tried for ages to get it to fit but couldn’t see any way:


stevieturbo

15,488 posts

214 months

Friday 28th May
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Undo the nut etc, if you can apply a lever on the arm somewhere for some downward pressure, all the better.

And hammer in the side of the hub where the joint passes through to help release it. Very rarely does this fail and you will not harm the boot.

Often specific tools seem to be poor at the job they're supposed to do !

CoolHands

13,126 posts

162 months

Friday 28th May
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You might need a fork type and hammer. Are you replacing it? As they always get mullered so I’d plan to replace

https://www.screwfix.com/p/laser-fork-ball-joint-s...

bearman68

3,295 posts

99 months

Friday 28th May
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I have one of these....
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/182499078641?_trkparms=...

(Holy thread link batman). Very good tool.



Sometimes it struggles, so I do it up as hard as I dare, and then welly it with a lump hammer. Or sometimes I welly the hub where the ball joint goes through, either work.

Or sometimes I use one of these.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/283796500284?_trkparms=...

Get someone to put as much force as they can one it, and then bash hell out of the lower bit of the hub where the ball joint goes through.

I prefer the hydraulic ball joint separator, as I feel that beating things with a hammer has only som much sophistication, but whatever gets the job done. They will pop off with a huge bang though. Quite satisfying.


With the tool you have, clamp it on as you are able, and then welly the joint with the hammer. One like this....
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/262745179762?epid=15301...

rofl

Best of luck.

Evoluzione

6,251 posts

210 months

Friday 28th May
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Hit the hub upright ball joint housing sideways/head-on by the ball joint with one big FO hammer, just make sure you hit it in the right direction otherwise it could snap off. If you want to hit it sideways then hit it with 2 big FO hammers from different sides at the same time.

bayzoo

Original Poster:

76 posts

6 months

Saturday 29th May
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Thanks all, good advice - I'd actually forgotten about hitting it with a lump hammer... this guy does it (same car as mine in the video) at 2:34 in:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbTW3gY3JHM&li...

Just not sure my aim is as good as that...

I'm actually replacing it so it doesn't matter if it gets a bit messed up

alabbasi

1,425 posts

54 months

Saturday 29th May
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Krikkit

21,666 posts

148 months

Sunday 30th May
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I always use a pickle fork type now if I'm replacing the joint, so much easier than the clamp-type ones which are often too weak and/or need loads of hammering anyway.