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Old 05-02-09, 19:40
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Default How do you change Top and Bottom Ball Joint?

As it says on the tin, How do you change these? Do you have to remove the wishbone to do the upper etc?
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Old 05-02-09, 19:46
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Lightbulb Re: How do you change Top and Bottom Ball Joint?

Don't know, but funny you should ask this. My lower near side bottom ball joint was picked up on my MOT as having excessive play. This is the first time I can recall anyone mentioning them.

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Default Re: How do you change Top and Bottom Ball Joint?

theres a guide on changing cv joints some where, it tells you how to do the bottom one i think as you need to un do it to get the movment to take out the drive shaft/stub axle.
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Old 06-02-09, 14:54
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bottom one is easy just2 bolts hold it in

top one is pressed into the top arm so needs a press to get it out , but it is possible to do it without taking the top arm off
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Old 08-02-09, 13:36
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Cheers guys,
Time was short and bottle weak so got VW to do it, supposedly it was a b**ch to do and took them 3 1/2 hrs, so glad of my choice
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Old 08-02-09, 14:07
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Cheers guys,
Time was short and bottle weak so got VW to do it, supposedly it was a b**ch to do and took them 3 1/2 hrs, so glad of my choice
hope they only charged you book price and not 3 1/2 hours labour?
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Old 08-02-09, 18:49
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Default Re: How do you change Top and Bottom Ball Joint?

You remove the lower one using a ball joint seperator (to remove the tappered part) and a splined bit (not a torx bit) to remove the two bolts that hold the ball joint on. The upper one is difficult (tight) but I used a three leg puller welded on to the housing that the ball joint is pressed into stop it flying open and also heated the ball joint housing. I tightened the puller as much as possible then hit the housing with a lump hammer which enables you to get another quarter turn on the puller. To refit the top ball joint I made a tool to press the ball joint back in out of a lenght of exhaust pipe (I will post some pics of this tool, if you can call it a tool tomorrow if needed).
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