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Easy ball joint removal method

I am in the midst of rebuilding my stock 85 Carrera suspension, and had read a several threads about tough ball joint nut removal. I got mine off EASY by:

1. Get arm out and turn "nut up" in a vice.
2. Spray PB blaster liberally
3. Heat the nut well with propane torch till you can see a little bubbling of the PB between the nut and ball joint.
4. spray some more PB liberally, and heat the nut again
5. For the nut, get a ford 4x4 hub tool from Autozone for $15 (fits perfect), or buy $45 real porsche tool from our host
6. put the tool on a impact wrench (i have cheap electric habor freight model, which works great), apply some body weight over it, and pull the trigger.

Mine spun off very easily with this method
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sweet! i got this coming up sometime this winter. just accumulating parts right now. (under the tree )
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5. For the nut, get a ford 4x4 hub tool from Autozone for $15 (fits perfect), or buy $45 real porsche tool from our host



great info




Is it a Leslie mfg ?

Is it stronger than Porsche tool ?

Could you post the part number ?
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AeroKroil makes PB Blaster seem like water...(smells better, too).

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I've had mixed results with this method ... one nut came off real easy, the other did not budge. Ended up drilling the nut along its axis and splitting with a chisel. I have a wussy 250 ft*lb impact though.
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great info




Is it a Leslie mfg ?

Is it stronger than Porsche tool ?

Could you post the part number ?
The one i bought at Autozone is made by Great Neck.
Don't know if it is stronger than the porshce tool, but it is deeper
part # 336 25965
FW Bearing Lock Nut Socket - 66.5mm X 80mm, 1/2" drive
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That Kroil is good stuff for sure....I think the heat is the key, heat it up, put on penatrant, heat it up, penatrant, heat it up, hit it right away with the impact....
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One point to note here, HEAT is your friend. Heat up the nut till you see the penatrant bubbling, that ensures that some is getting down in between the nut and ball joint....then try to remove.
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