Lower Ball joint removal

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harryp
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Lower Ball joint removal

Post by harryp » 17 Oct 2014, 18:38

Hello all,
Was talking to Hell Razor at the XM25 and the subject of lower ball joint replacement came up :wink: . He suggested I put this on the Forum :-D .
Story goes I had tried the long bar, but desisted as the torque was doing horrible things to the suspension and nothing was moving :cry: . So I resorted to :shock: spending money :shock:!
I purchased a Clarke electric Impact Driver (rattler). Size and cost of a mains powered drill. £68 IIRC.
Put the said item with the necessary tool, socket on the Joint for 5 secs.... got showered in all manner of sh1te and as it was getting dark (YES IT IS AN EXCUSE) sprayed it with "get in there" (honest, it was all I could get from the local factor). Well the next morning, I tried again and in 3 seconds had the joint in my hand.
I had wanted such an item since borrowing my former neighbours air gun - at his insistence) when removing "rusted solid" wheel nuts on my then Golf. One nut took about 5 mins to get out, but my neighbour said "just sit with it. It will undo" - and it did :o .
Now I wish I had bought it then as it would have saved a few sheared bolts on the current ride and no end of drilling and shattered drill bits :oops: .
I know that the professionals on here have access to the "proper" tools, but hope that this may give heart to those of us who make do and invent - not always correctly :) , All I can say is that it works; very well :-D .
HTH,
Harry
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2000 Nov Forte HDI 110 hatch in Wicked Red; currently SORN
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2013 C4 Picasso Excl E; Wifes

harryp
Donor 2016
Posts: 620
Joined: 07 May 2011, 16:03
Location: Telford, United Kingdom
My Cars: Forte HDI 110 hatch in wicked red, SORN
Exclusive HDI hatch in quartz, SORN
C4 Picasso Exc E, Wifes
R20 200k, rust, scrapped
R16 TS, 200k, burnt out
R12 basic economical runabout, scrapped, 180k
x 10

Re: Lower Ball joint removal

Post by harryp » 17 Oct 2014, 19:15

Now that's not a very nice thing to say to us when it actually warmed up to 14' at the moment 19:00 :( .
Crankshaft bolt I did the CitroenXM way usng the starter motor :) Surprisingly effective and quick, although whilst contemplating it, was wishing I had one then :wink:
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2000 Nov Forte HDI 110 hatch in Wicked Red; currently SORN
2000 Mar Exclusive HDI hatch in Quartz; currently SORN
2013 C4 Picasso Excl E; Wifes

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Re: Lower Ball joint removal

Post by CitroJim » 18 Oct 2014, 20:12

Harry, thanks for this, good to know how effective those tools are on a very difficult subject...
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harryp
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Posts: 620
Joined: 07 May 2011, 16:03
Location: Telford, United Kingdom
My Cars: Forte HDI 110 hatch in wicked red, SORN
Exclusive HDI hatch in quartz, SORN
C4 Picasso Exc E, Wifes
R20 200k, rust, scrapped
R16 TS, 200k, burnt out
R12 basic economical runabout, scrapped, 180k
x 10

Re: Lower Ball joint removal

Post by harryp » 17 Nov 2014, 23:02

"superloopy wrote:
Just to sing the praises of the Clarke rattle gun ... and as an update, it did my crankshaft pulley bolt in all of 5 secs!!"

Great :-D , Pleased to hear my balljoint removal wasn't just a lucky fluke :wink: ! I had to use a breaker bar to wind my whole crankshaft bolt out - really could have done with it then! Isn't technology wonderful :lol: .....
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2000 Nov Forte HDI 110 hatch in Wicked Red; currently SORN
2000 Mar Exclusive HDI hatch in Quartz; currently SORN
2013 C4 Picasso Excl E; Wifes