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Old 11-19-2016, 03:01 PM
rdc8118 rdc8118 is offline
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Mein Auto: 2008 X3 sport
Tension strut ball joint siezed

I can't get the tension strut ball joint out of the steering knuckle. I guess 8 years of snow and salt have done their magic. Any ideas on how to get it out?

Worse case I guess I'll have to take the whole steering knuckle off and have it pressed out
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Old 11-21-2016, 10:46 AM
timarnold timarnold is offline
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Mein Auto: 2003 bmw 525i 2005 X3
It sounds like you need a bigger ball joint press. Have you actually broken one from overloading it? One piece of advice would be to spray the joint with PB Blaster or equivalent and tighten down the ball joint press as far as you are comfortable. Let it sit overnight. I have had ball joints that didn't pop loose for up to 15 minutes after tightening. After failing 2 Harbor Freight ones, I purchased a much beefier press for around $100. It's about 30% bigger that most. Good Luck!
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