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So, I have gone through about 6 heating cycles with a hot air gun set on 'Burn your skin off in an instant!' setting. I assure you the nut is undone. I have got weight on it via the ball joint removing tool. I am astonished that it just will not let go.

Unless I knew better, I would think that someone in the factory was feeling like a joke and assembled it also using Loctite anaerobic 40 bazillionzillion.

After each time of heating it, I spray it with either WD40 or some silicone spray that I have in the vain and futile hope that it may find its way between the surfaces and help it let go.

I left some weight on it last night after another uneventful heating episode. I came home from work, all happy that it must have let go during the day, but alas my hopes were dashed like a ship in the night on a sharp, unrelenting reef with a lighthouse that just was not visible over the 50' waves. Nor the foghorn over the savage tempest that mariners call 'weather.'

I have hammered both sides of the casting under tension. No go.

I have tried hammering on the top of the tool where it is sitting on the nut. it just looks at me and sniggers. Much like the mosquitoes that you have in your room at night that are ventriloquists. You know the ones. They sit on the curtain rail with their mate and then its "Watch this." Starts the 'nnnnnnnnnnnn' noise and throws his/her voice so that you give yourself an almighty smack on the side of your head right near your ear, thinking all the while "I'll get him soon."

I swear the sound changes to "ne ne ne ne ne."

Where was I? Ok yes. Ball joints.

Tomorrow, another day, another, more than likely, useless heating episode.

Hey could be worse. This could be Barry's car. :) 

All we know is that when they stop making this, we will be properly, properly sad.Jeremy Clarkson on the Esprit.

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These are tough tapers.  Get a fork tool and bash it fkn hard with a club hammer.  It'll come off.

British Fart to Florida, Nude to New York, Dunce to Denmark, Numpty to Newfoundland.  And Shitfaced Silly Sod to Sweden.

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Is that a fork tool? Or a forkin' tool?

All we know is that when they stop making this, we will be properly, properly sad.Jeremy Clarkson on the Esprit.

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39 minutes ago, ramjet said:

Is that a fork tool? Or a forkin' tool?

Both....... I use the same as Gary illustrated . but only as last resort....  It screws up the ball joint.. when stuck and needing the fork, the joint shot so no brainier.  smack the fork out of it ,  it will release .. 

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I would except I have this dreaded thought of seeing the wheel carrier become one of those special two part types. :wacko:

Sometimes I think of myself as a torkin' fool..............

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Sometimes you'll have to stand back, take a two-handed swing and clout it with every ounce of strength you have.  As Dave says, it'll hurt the ball joint, but I've never broken any major bits using a separator fork.

British Fart to Florida, Nude to New York, Dunce to Denmark, Numpty to Newfoundland.  And Shitfaced Silly Sod to Sweden.

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I couldn't get my lower ball joints free with the pickle fork either.

I ended up using a normal ball joint tool, cranking on it until it almost broke, and while it was still on the ball joint... then hitting the threads of the ball joint stud sideways with a chisel punch.  The entire thing sprang apart!

Wear gloves and eye protection, and leave the nut loose on the end of the stud.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Borrowed a slightly different balljoint tool from a mate at work.

VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now order top bushes and ball joint rubber boots, reassemble, couple of drives and unless by that time I have won millions on lotto, market. :( 
 

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So it is all back together and I undid everything again front and back, weighted the car down and checked the measurements. Got it almost spot on. Rear is about 5mm high. So all in all, the car is about 15mm lower than what it was. The difference that made to trying to get everything tight again was amazing.

Took ages and was not easy.

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All we know is that when they stop making this, we will be properly, properly sad.Jeremy Clarkson on the Esprit.

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