Replacing Upper Ball Joint: what am I doing wrong?

Replacing Upper Ball Joint: what am I doing wrong?

Postby Astrodawn [OP] » March 18th 2017, 7:14pm

how tf do you drill out these rivets?

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Re: Replacing Upper Ball Joint: what am I doing wrong?

Postby safariking » March 18th 2017, 7:17pm

better to grind them off a dremmell might work then just hit them with a punch they'll come out after you grind them off smack the top with a hammer
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Re: Replacing Upper Ball Joint: what am I doing wrong?

Postby Astrodawn [OP] » March 18th 2017, 7:21pm

i don't have a dremel, just a drill.

but thanks!
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Re: Replacing Upper Ball Joint: what am I doing wrong?

Postby CoasterCoaster is online! » March 18th 2017, 7:45pm

i used an air chisel. it literally took 10 seconds per ball joint.
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Re: Replacing Upper Ball Joint: what am I doing wrong?

Postby Mmusicman » March 18th 2017, 8:12pm

Just did mine... did it the easy way! :mrgreen:
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Re: Replacing Upper Ball Joint: what am I doing wrong?

Postby Astrodawn [OP] » March 18th 2017, 8:21pm

i've considered all these options, but i'm doing it the cheapest way i can (not buying the whole control arm + paying for realignment) and using the tools i have available (a drill).

i'm not familiar with using drills yet, so do i just need to keep chipping away at the rivets? am i not applying enough force/using the right drill bits/drilling it from the right side?

i'm tired. haha.
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Re: Replacing Upper Ball Joint: what am I doing wrong?

Postby chevymaher » March 18th 2017, 8:24pm

Probably dulled the bit. Use a new one and keep oil on it. If it smokes stop and let it cool. Just keep at it your almost there.
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Re: Replacing Upper Ball Joint: what am I doing wrong?

Postby Astrodawn [OP] » March 18th 2017, 8:35pm

am i going for depth or trying to grind down the rivet to be flush with the joint?
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Re: Replacing Upper Ball Joint: what am I doing wrong?

Postby CoasterCoaster is online! » March 18th 2017, 8:44pm

once you remove the top of the rivet just pry the ball joint off the arm. again, i used my air chisel to pry the ball joint off in seconds after air chiselling off the rivets.

air chisels are cheap and awesome
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Re: Replacing Upper Ball Joint: what am I doing wrong?

Postby chevymaher » March 18th 2017, 8:48pm

Astrodawn wrote:am i going for depth or trying to grind down the rivet to be flush with the joint?

No once it is even with the top it should drive out with a punch.
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Re: Replacing Upper Ball Joint: what am I doing wrong?

Postby M_a_t_t » March 18th 2017, 8:49pm

Also drill bits work better spinning one way or the other. Typically righty tighty/clockwise looking at the back of the drill
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Re: Replacing Upper Ball Joint: what am I doing wrong?

Postby Astrodawn [OP] » March 18th 2017, 9:13pm

http://m.imgur.com/ZjuA0h6

Thanks for all the help!

How do I get it all flush? Do I need to use a bigger bit or?
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Re: Replacing Upper Ball Joint: what am I doing wrong?

Postby CoasterCoaster is online! » March 18th 2017, 9:16pm

use a cold chisel and a hammer to separate the joint from the arm
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Re: Replacing Upper Ball Joint: what am I doing wrong?

Postby Astrodawn [OP] » March 18th 2017, 9:37pm

I don't have a chisel.

I'm trying to punch it out now, but I'm not sure it's ready to go. Can someone look at my previous photo and tell me if I need to drill more?
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Re: Replacing Upper Ball Joint: what am I doing wrong?

Postby Astro Pop » March 18th 2017, 10:04pm

Larger drill. If they dull up grab the next larger one. Perfect size doesn't matter here just get the top off them beat the $h** out of it to loosen it up. Like Maher said lots of WD40 or thin oil to lubricate the bit and keep it sharp.
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Re: Replacing Upper Ball Joint: what am I doing wrong?

Postby CoasterCoaster is online! » March 18th 2017, 10:08pm

Astrodawn wrote:I don't have a chisel.

I'm trying to punch it out now, but I'm not sure it's ready to go. Can someone look at my previous photo and tell me if I need to drill more?


go buy one. they cost around $2
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Re: Replacing Upper Ball Joint: what am I doing wrong?

Postby Astrodawn [OP] » March 18th 2017, 11:41pm

Astro Pop wrote:Larger drill. If they dull up grab the next larger one. Perfect size doesn't matter here just get the top off them beat the $h** out of it to loosen it up. Like Maher said lots of WD40 or thin oil to lubricate the bit and keep it sharp.


ok thanks. took a nap, ate some food, i'm going to try again. this machine WILL bend to my will dammit.
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Re: Replacing Upper Ball Joint: what am I doing wrong?

Postby safariking » March 18th 2017, 11:51pm

if you don't have a chisel use a big screwdriver like a chisel hammer it between the control arm and ball joint it will seperate by the looks of your pictures your close
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Re: Replacing Upper Ball Joint: what am I doing wrong?

Postby Rinny » March 19th 2017, 12:08am

Milled off the top of the rivets and punched them out.
I would say it is easier to just take the control arm out?
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Re: Replacing Upper Ball Joint: what am I doing wrong?

Postby Astrodawn [OP] » March 19th 2017, 12:11am

Pretty sure I just dulled the largest bit. Wooooo.

This sucks.

There's hardly any clearance in the wheel well to use a hammer to punch these out.
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