Originally Posted by vrod1123
Did you remove the ball joint directly below the steering knuckle? If so, how? I'm having a tough time trying to get it out. I don't see slip ring or anything I need to remove to make it easier. Although someone did mention a "slip ring".
Every time I try the removal kit (big C-clamp looking), it slips off because the threaded (top) portion of the ball joint keeps pivoting away from the pressure. I also tried a 5lb ledge with no affect.
Any advice is appreciated.
Ok, I figured this out yesterday...
1 - The ball joint removal kit/press I was using did not have the right adapter to clear the threaded bolt just below the steering knuckle. Kit part# is EverTough 67045. Don't use that one, instead find something with more adapters etc... That's why I had such a hard time with it. There are other kits with the correct parts that would work, but Oreilly's (where I went) did not have it available to rent out. I improvised by using a deep socket to make up the space between the ball joint bolt and kit I had. The ball joint eventually popped out as intended. (NOTE: The ball joint directly below the steering knuckle is pressed down for removal and up for install,...unlike some domestic vehicles)
2 - The OEM ball joint did not have a slip ring on it, I checked it thoroughly when I removed it. Just press it through with the kit. You may need a breaker bar to completely get it out the first time.
3 - The replacement non-oem
ball joint ($14 at O'reilly's) did come with a slip ring and was very easy to install. You provide your own grease though. (NOTE: go find a good set of slip ring pliers BEFORE you need them!!). The parts stores usually carry cheapos or very little inventory of the good stuff. I bought cheapos
...but they worked, kinda : /
Hope this helps someone.