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5 min no tool no heat control arm ball joint removal

Hello all,
just though I share this as it may for of use for some on here. Maybe it was shared already, could not find it with a search.

Over time the nut that holds the ball joint is get corroded and then even with the tool and heat its hard to get it off. I took an angle grinder and cut the nut and ball joint (see pic below), don't cut too far down. Just about 75% and it will release the nut tension even without heat and it will come off with no effort.




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Looks good! But you have to have a steady had cutting that close to the control arm.
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Thanks for that. I wonder how much heat was generated from grinding.
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Put never-seize on the new one and never worry about it again...
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When I did mine, I put my air chisel tip against one of the teeth on the nut, pulled the trigger and it spun right off, easy in seconds. Getting the ball joint out of the control arm was the challenge. I found the ball joint removal tool at Harbor Freight. Just start tightening that up, and POW, the ball joint popped loose.

Your method works if one is good with a cutting tool, like you must be. Whatever works for this situation.
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@Targa44 the ball joint got hot from cutting so be careful when you tough it afterwards.

@GH85Carrera the air chisel is a good idea, used to have one but after it broke never replaced it. This is just another idea how to do it if you only have the most basic tools.
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I used a Dremel with a carbide deburring bit and cut one side of the nut, not worrying about buggering the threads too much. Put the tool on it and it came right off. I could not budge it with just the tool and a breaker bar even after a few days of Kroil soaking and a Mapp torch.
Should have dabbed the new stuff with some anti seize. Next time

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