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      05-20-2018, 10:53 PM   #1
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Front Ball Joint on Xi rusted and Stuck!!

Hey so Iím having trouble getting my ball joint out of my car. I have tried everything. I have taken both screws that go into the ball joint and I have literally dented the top of the ball joint trying to hit it out and push it out. Any new ideas? I have broken the rubber on the ball joint so I donít think I can just put everything back together and drive 45mins to get it somewhere where they can get it off. I have been stuck on this for a long time now. Any help would be appreciated!
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This has been covered many many times! Only chisel (air hammer) will take that out.
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Hey so I'm having trouble getting my ball joint out of my car. I have tried everything. I have taken both screws that go into the ball joint and I have literally dented the top of the ball joint trying to hit it out and push it out. Any new ideas? I have broken the rubber on the ball joint so I don't think I can just put everything back together and drive 45mins to get it somewhere where they can get it off. I have been stuck on this for a long time now. Any help would be appreciated!
Torch with yellow gas, heat up up to red, glowing hot. Then apply chisel with an 8# mini sledge hammer. Or use an air hammer.

Make sure the car is really secure if your on jack stands before hammering away.
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Torch with yellow gas, heat up up to red, glowing hot. Then apply chisel with an 8# mini sledge hammer. Or use an air hammer.

Make sure the car is really secure if your on jack stands before hammering away.
what he said. I had to use a torch for most screws on my 335xi, they are extremely rusted when first time removed. Always use new bolts and nuts also...
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air chisels are very useful
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Try this : acetone - ATF fluid in 50-50 mix
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Try this : acetone - ATF fluid in 50-50 mix
That's basically the formula for Kroil Oil
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I would try the ball joint press you can get at your local o'reilly, autozone, etc. And have a good 1/2 in high torque impact wrench. I don't think hand tools will cut it. Also, shout out to my hometown. Can't say I miss dealing with the salt and rust. Although we still get some in PNW in mountains, so I'm not totally immune.

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Hey so I'm having trouble getting my ball joint out of my car. I have tried everything. I have taken both screws that go into the ball joint and I have literally dented the top of the ball joint trying to hit it out and push it out. Any new ideas? I have broken the rubber on the ball joint so I don't think I can just put everything back together and drive 45mins to get it somewhere where they can get it off. I have been stuck on this for a long time now. Any help would be appreciated!
Get the Dewalt air torque gun. Absolutely, positively the best bang for your buck

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