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Old 25-08-12, 17:51
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Default Re: HOW TO: Replace top ball joints with Sealey tool

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if anyone interested i came across this

http://www.uni-max.co.uk/vw-t4-ball-joint-puller/d/
Bought this while visiting friends in CZ.

First ball joint 1.5 hours, thought this was going to be the worst side - biggest headache was the bottom part of the shock had sized to the mounting bolt - took forever to wist it out of the rubber at the bottom of the shock.

Second one 3 hours . 24mm nut underneath was sized. Release the joint from the arm and then tried chopping the joint off - of course the tapered part of the bolt is inside the camber/caster adjuster so this doesn't work.
Ended up with angle grinder and then dremmel to cut away enough of the nut to bash it into submission. Well corroded. The camber/caster plate had to be removed from the bolt using a vice a hammer and a lot of bashing.
All went back together with no drama though.

While doing the first one I discovered I had 2mm left on my brake pads - 100 Euros at AD74 in Annemasse (near Geneva) for pads.

If anyone needs to borrow the balljoint tool in the Chamonix area I now have one.
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Old 03-09-12, 11:51
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Default Re: HOW TO: Replace top ball joints with Sealey tool

Fantastic write up! I just wished this was around when I had mine done back in 2008. I may get the tool as I may need to do it again in the future. I think I have issues with the bushes on the antiroll bar to sort out.
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Old 17-11-12, 13:07
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Default Re: HOW TO: Replace top ball joints with Sealey tool

If anyone near manchester has one to hire I would definitely be interested (having had a quote from the VW van centre!). Alternatively does anyone know of any other garages in the area that could do it? Cheers
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Old 09-01-13, 22:47
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Default Re: HOW TO: Replace top ball joints with Sealey tool

Has anybody tried replacing an upper balljoint without the sealy tool kit?
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Old 13-02-13, 22:52
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Default Re: HOW TO: Replace top ball joints with Sealey tool

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Decided, having had a quote from a garage, to buy the tool and do it myself. Doddle in the end. Same tool as Sealy but branded as Laser.

Top joints in and out in less than an hour although the major part of the disassembly was already done. Still waiting for an outer CV joint boot to come so only the off-side rebuilt (top, bottom and track rod ends, boots and CV joint all new).

Tool available for hire!!!
Hi do you still have the top ball joint splitter tool for hire, i'm in herefordshire were are you ? could you post it out at my cost, Regards Katana
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Old 07-04-13, 22:39
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Default Re: HOW TO: Replace top ball joints with Sealey tool

Hi,
Well done on some brilliant advice and photos.

I did mine today exactly the same way, apart from forgetting to put the eccentric washer back on the n/ side one [email protected]@""/"".
My only problem was freeing the camber adjuster from the removed ball joint, did not want to play.

That aside, as I said, top advice.

Nice one, Karl.
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Old 04-11-13, 01:03
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Default Re: HOW TO: Replace top ball joints with Sealey tool

just decided to get one of these. about half the price not quite as easy to use with it being enclosed. but...

will report back on how it works.


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Old 04-11-13, 03:24
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Default Re: HOW TO: Replace top ball joints with Sealey tool

Cracking right up that ....need to do mine soon

Interesting bit of engineering that ............
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just decided to get one of these. about half the price not quite as easy to use with it being enclosed. but...

will report back on how it works.


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Old 20-11-13, 21:03
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Default Re: HOW TO: Replace top ball joints with Sealey tool

I noticed that you posted that they might need doing every 5 years or so but after getting mine done last year it has failed in the MOT again this year. Does anyone know why that might be? Could there be something else wrong causing it? I was lucky that I found a local T4 specialist to do it last year (on here I think) but if it is going to keep needing doing then it will get pricey.
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Old 01-12-13, 09:56
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Default Re: HOW TO: Replace top ball joints with Sealey tool

great post. I'll be doing mine on Monday.
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