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Re: Help! 4KCSQ control arm ball joint

On Wed, 18 Dec 1996, paul.heneghan@bbc.co.uk (Paul Heneghan) wrote:
>From: Nicholas Menaker <72074.2716@compuserve.com>
>>I have an 86 4KCSQ, I am in the process of replacing the RR lower control 
>>bushings right now, and the transmount bushing.  I noticed that the ball 
>>on the bottom of the strut mount, where it connnects to the control arm was
>>worn, so decided to replace it, but cannot get it off.  I removed the 
>>but it does not want to budge.  What would you recommend to get it off?
>The Bentley manual shows how to do this.  It shows a special tool which is a 
>retangular plate (about 1" x 4") with some nuts and bolts.
>>From memory:
>Using the large nut from the ball joint, the plate is attached to the ball 
>joint.  This means that the plate is an inch or so away from the hub 
>carrier.  Using some bolts and nuts, the plate is levered away from the hub 
>carrier and pulls out the ball joint.
>On my car (1084 80q), the good-condition ball joint on one side came out 
>without any special tools - the worn one on the other side didn't want to 
>come out at all - I'll get it in the summer when it's more comfortable to 
>work on the car.
>1984 Audi 80 quattro
>1983 Audi 100 Avant

If you're not concerned about reinstalling said ball joint, a cold chisel or air chisel will often convince the ball joint to jump out.  But 
Paul's tool is the cat's meow.  Pull those little suckers right out...

-Stott Hare      
'84 4Ksq  (black _& blue_, have turbo, waiting to install...)
Biddeford, Maine