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Re: Help! 4KCSQ control arm ball joint
On Wed, 18 Dec 1996, email@example.com (Paul Heneghan) wrote:
>From: Nicholas Menaker <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>>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.
>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...
'84 4Ksq (black _& blue_, have turbo, waiting to install...)