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Old 05-24-2014, 01:03 PM   #1
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Torch it?

Changing out the ball joint and I don't own air compressed tools. Or electric tools of any sort for that matter. The nut that holds the ball joint on the control arm will just not come off. It was covered with build up and quite rusty. I don't want to break the bolt and end up having to drill it out. Because I don't even own a drill. PB blaster hasn't budged it. I've been reading that I can torch the casting and knock it loose. But is it safe to torch behind the brakes like that? I know they get hot but how hot is too hot?
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Changing out the ball joint and I don't own air compressed tools. Or electric tools of any sort for that matter. The nut that holds the ball joint on the control arm will just not come off. It was covered with build up and quite rusty. I don't want to break the bolt and end up having to drill it out. Because I don't even own a drill. PB blaster hasn't budged it. I've been reading that I can torch the casting and knock it loose. But is it safe to torch behind the brakes like that? I know they get hot but how hot is too hot?
How close is the brake line? Could you wrap it with a wet towel to keep it from getting too hot?
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I usually hit the control arm portion with a big hammer until it drops down.
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The nut was stuck. Not the bolt.
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I thought you changed this at O'Reily's yesterday ?
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Try to just heat up the nut and not the ball joint. As the nut expands and contracts from the heat it should break itself loose. Also, don't be afraid to put a long breaker bar on that nut, it's threaded on the metal part of the ball joint and that part will not break.
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Heat will be fine just heat the nut
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I thought you changed this at O'Reily's yesterday ?
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I think that she's doing the other side.
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You can also get big pliers and squeeze the top half of the ball joint while loosening the nut. I tore up the rubber around the ball joint before getting a good grip. Eventually the pliers will grip metal and the nut will loosen.
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I'm doing the passenger side now. It was about to do the same.
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I've already got it guys. Lol. It's done. The ball joint is in. Thanks for all of your help!
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