Suspension, Steering and Brakes Ball joints

Discussion in '1st Generation (2004-2011)' started by foursail, Tuesday 9th Jun, 2015.

  1. foursail Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Going to tackle the ball joints on the FR-V any hints tips on the cd manual it seems like you can renew just the boots? Any fancy tools or just my arm hammer and splitter?
     
  2. kes Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    I did a quick search and presume you mean lower front balljoint? If you can renew the boot separately then go for the pickle fork but my preferred tool is a scissor type where one side wedges in to balljoint and other presses down on thread, make sure you get a heavy duty one. Bought a cheap one first and it cracked on me. This balljoint looks like it's pressed in? I take it you don't need to replace it as that would involve other tools.
     
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  3. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    I normally just use a hammer and shock the joint free. They can take the piss sometimes though.
     
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  4. kes Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Ericthecarguy on YouTube always does that. As he says "hit what it goes through" but I've never managed to get that to work. The knuckle just ended up mushrooming. I do live next to the sea though so rust is an issue.
     
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  5. foursail Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Yeah looks like it's pressed in going to have to see if anyone's got the tools I can borrow to get it out. There's quite a bit play as well 3&9 position there's grease all over the ball joint as well so looks like I'm going to have to replace whole ball joint
     
  6. doubleduck New Member Getting Started

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    Where do you buy your lower ball joints? I live in Sweden and it's near impossible to find any here. The best I could find was on eBay for £19,95 each. and that sounds a bit expensive to me...
     
  7. foursail Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Yeah they are not readily available mine was £20 eBay job the local dealer would only change the whole knuckle. They fitted the ball joint I supplied but had to pack it out as wasn't exactly the right fit. Gave up doing it myself made a balls up of new ball joint and demolished the ABS sensor so put it in and saved myself some time and effort but not money !
     
  8. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    That sounds odd ! A ball joint should be a snug fit.
     
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  9. foursail Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Yeah it was sorry probably described it a bit wrong it was packed out just above the castle nut the it was s but long apparently.
     
  10. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    Ah OK, with you now.
     
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