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Old January 18th, 2012, 06:43 PM
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Ball Joint Rear A-frame

Im Diesel Mechanic.
Apparently I don't own enough metric wrenches.
Does anyone have a trick to getting this damn castle nut off?
I cant seem to get enough room to use a wrench and i don't have enough space to get a socket on it.
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Old January 18th, 2012, 07:03 PM
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I just did mine the other day. I used a shallow socket and an extentension to clear the axle tube.
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Old January 18th, 2012, 07:09 PM
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That's on my to-do list, too.

http://www.repairmylandrover.co.uk/d...ljoint-renewal
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Old January 18th, 2012, 07:09 PM
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What size?
My selection of metric is limited above 22MM
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Old January 18th, 2012, 07:17 PM
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What size?
My selection of metric is limited above 22MM
I used SAE, I think 1 1/4". The nut should be 30mm.

------ Follow up post added January 18th, 2012 07:20 PM ------

I also used the trick of loosening the nut and driving around the block tapping the breaks and accelerating to break the ball joint loose.
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Old January 18th, 2012, 08:43 PM
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You just need the right sized wrench. Sadly I have already forgotten despite doing it a few months ago, but both the link Kennith posted and Jonathan indicate 30mm.

I had no problem removing the ball joint once the nut was removed.

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Old January 18th, 2012, 08:52 PM
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Ok I got off my ass and checked. I have a shiny new 30mm wrench in my tool roll so that must be it.
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Old January 18th, 2012, 08:52 PM
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I've been meaning to check mine...this may have given me the motivation that I need once I get back to VA.
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Old January 18th, 2012, 09:50 PM
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I used a small pipe wrench with parallel jaws. And a 2' prybar to pop the taper out.
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Old January 18th, 2012, 09:54 PM
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I had to cut the last one out, best of luck.

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Old January 18th, 2012, 09:56 PM
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Indeed. Thankfully no one was awake when I got home. On topic, balls out of joint...

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Old January 18th, 2012, 10:07 PM
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I used a breaker bar to get it loose. Then drove around with the nut loose and a pin in to keep the nut from falling off. when I got home it was loose!
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Old January 19th, 2012, 09:02 AM
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I had to cut mine off....


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Old February 19th, 2012, 09:19 AM
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Maybe I got lucky I bought a shallow 1 3/16 impact socket from Lowes in Farmville used a ratchet with a jointed end and it came right off.
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Old February 19th, 2012, 09:41 PM
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Where do you guys have been buying the balljoint ?
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Old February 20th, 2012, 09:42 AM
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I just ordered one from Lucky8. AB has em on their site as well.

http://lucky8llc.com/Products.aspx?ProductID=7058
http://www.roverparts.com/Parts/ANR1799.cfm
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Old February 20th, 2012, 05:21 PM
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Yep, George has it also.
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Any of you guys know who was selling complete assemblies with the ball joint already pressed into the fulcrum? I know I saw it somewhere!
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 04:31 PM
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I haven't seen one, but that doesn't mean they don't exist. I just replaced this a couple of weeks ago. A 15 ton press couldn't budge the joint.
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