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Old 10-11-2017, 08:10 PM   #1
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Replacing rear lower track control arm : Removing ball joint spacer

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Need to replace my rear lower track control arm ( 996.331.245.10 ), i have removed it from the car but can't get the spacer off of the ball joint, any ideas ?

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Old 10-11-2017, 09:17 PM   #2
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Ouch! How did you remove this? Ideally, it's not supposed to come out that way.

A balljoint press tool should work. Even a gear puller, at this point, since you now have such free access with the steering knuckle "out of the way".

Or even, seeing that your dust boot is torn, a pickle fork (might need to grab the extended part in something fixed/massive, like a bench vice) should do the job. Given you'll be replacing this rear tie-rod part, marring its threads in vice jaws (and for that matter, further tearing up that dust boot) should not be an issue. You'll want to save that knurled steel part, though, as it needs to be pressed back into the steering knuckle and re-used, as I believe you already know.

When pressing the knurled steel part back into the aluminum steering knuckle, it's a perfect application for permanent strength threadlocking fluid (e.g., loctitie 271/272). Be sure to clean, very thoroughly on both the male and female surfaces, first. Best of luck!
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Old 10-11-2017, 09:33 PM   #3
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Hi Jakeru

Thanks for the prompt reply.

Had a split plate / bearing puller on it yesterday but couldn't budge it, left it to soak over night in penetrating fluid, will have another go in the morning.

Thanks again for your help

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Old 10-12-2017, 03:44 AM   #4
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A prudent application of heat may also help.
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Old 10-13-2017, 05:52 PM   #5
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I had the same problem. Had to put it into a press to separate the tapered joint.
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Old 10-13-2017, 11:58 PM   #6
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Hi All

Thanks for your replies.

Tried again with bearing pullers and applied a little heat and it came off, cleaned up and refitted to hub with Loctite.

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