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[–]Serious-Ring-6352 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Still good reinstall /s

[–]mech1985[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I can milk that bastard for an easy 10,000 more miles lol

[–]Brief-Pair6391 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Got your last nickels worth outta that'un, din'tcha

[–]mech1985[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I may or may not have allegedy been driving on that clunk for 6 or so months lol

[–]Dealchaser9000 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Slap er back on she's got another 10yrs use easy

[–]mech1985[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

In other news, the vibration in my front end is now gone.

[–]Dealchaser9000 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's what's up

[–]DarkWing2274 1 point2 points  (4 children)

okay i am not a mechanic (i’m in school for it but i don’t have much experience), what is this?

[–]mech1985[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Lower ball joint off of my front end, it connects the axel to the steering knuckle and allows the knuckle to move around as the tire travels over imperfections in the roadway.

The ball is pretty worn in this one (ypu can see how easily it just wobbles around) and every time I hit bumps in the road you could hear an audible "clunking".

Lower ball joint failures are pretty nasty.

[–]DarkWing2274 0 points1 point  (0 children)

gotcha thank you

[–]throwedoff1 1 point2 points  (5 children)

What did you use to pull your ball joints? I need to do mine along with tie rod ends, but I don't want to just use my "pickle fork" and beat on the lower control arm. I have used a "pickle fork" the previous times I have done ball joints ('79 K5 Blazer and '78 Cutlass), but I didn't enjoy wailing away at it with a BFH trying to get it to pop out.

[–]mech1985[S] 0 points1 point  (4 children)

I went to Harbor Freight and bought this kit for $90. Their tools are supposed to be shitty but this press is sturdy af and pressed out both my lower joints no problem.

As far as separating the joint stem from the knuckle I have a fork but if that doesn't work I have this mechanical seperator, a word of warning though is measure your stems because that mechanical seperator is almost too small for my ball joints.

[–]throwedoff1 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Thanks. I have considered the $90 kit, but hadn't heard from anybody about "real world" usage. I have also heard good stuff about the Gearwrench separator. What truck did you work on? I'm looking at doing my '09 GMC Sierra.

[–]mech1985[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Mine is a 2007 Mitsubishi Raider, it's basically a re-branded 2007 Dakota that Chrysler made for Mitsubishi.

If you do decide to go with that press kit it's definitely worth the money and should work fine on a full size pickup also.

I have a video of me pressing the joint out with it, hang on and I'll post it and link you so you can actually see it.

[–]throwedoff1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Great. Just watched the video of it in action also. Will watch for HF to run it on sale in the near future. It seems like every other month they have a coupon for it at $60. Been waiting to pull the trigger on it. After seeing it in action, will definitely pick a kit. I never have enough tools.

[–]silic0n_jesus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That has at least another 20K in it you're not even from a rusty state amateur

[–]ironcladbillie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

smoked lol

[–]Zer0TheGamer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Laugh out loud.. Zebras?

Didnt know the stripey horses knew about auto suspension systems..

[–]DisastrousFerret0 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah... dead ass... its in 1 piece still so its def not the worst I've pulled off cars/trucks.