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I noticed the bushes on the control arms are perishing so plan on replacing the control arms and so need to split tue ball joints. I always hate doing these because of the risk of spitting the rubber. I normally use one of the scissor type splitters but was wondering is wacking the arm with a hammer really does work. Anyone recommend any risk free tips for splitting the joint??
 

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I fitted a new driveshaft yesterday.. Belted the wishbone a few times and then checked that the joint had split by using a big screrdriver to see if it had seperated. they dont always pop out. Worked a treat! :) And I'm a helmet with car repairs.....I break more than I fix.... I broke the ABS sensor... :)
 

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Good to know that it works....will try that method. I'll be sure to pay attention to the ABS sensor :)
 

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If there's room, it's best to use two hammers one on each side of the joint and hit the joint with both hammers at the same time. That usually jars it free.
 

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Be careful of the ball joint rubbers. ..its deqd easy to hit them.....don't ask!!!! Good tip with the two hammers,I'll try this next time. :)
 

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You can buy rubbers on their own now, Various parts retailers stock them only about £5 each. Some come as a selection pack and others individually. look also on eBay :thumb:
 

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Unscrew the nut until its level with the end of the thread, then hit this nut with a hammer. This should prevent any damage to the thread.
 

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I did the joints a couple of years ago and they've done about 10,000km so should still be fine.....hence the desire to go carefully when separating them. ? i did order one just in case
 

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Safest way i know, if you have the space is to chain a long bar/ bit of scaffolding to the underside of the control arm and use leverage to break ball joint. 2 meter bar and the ball joint pops with almost no effort:thumb:.
 
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