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Old 07-02-2012, 06:14 AM
setconstr setconstr is offline
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Rear Ball Joint tool

Anyone want to sell or rent their rear ball joint tool . Thanks
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:54 PM
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Anyone want to sell or rent their rear ball joint tool . Thanks
Out here, Autozone rents (for free, you get your money back when you return it) lots of tools. You might want to ask if they have the pickle fork and pullers ...

If not, this E39 bestlinks may help you on the E38:
- How to make your own ball joint replacement tool (1) & what balljoint tools to use (1) (2) (3) (4) & where to buy a front wishbone (1) or rear ball joint press (1) (2)
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Old 07-03-2012, 09:28 PM
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freeze em'

This may sound crazy but it worked for me

If you have access to torches, remove all related suspension arms/components to get to the ball joint and remove all retainers etc.

Heat the ring that holds the ball joint up till its good and hot and take a big hammer and a few good whacks and it came right out.

This is the crazy part...

I put my new ball joints in the freezer the day before.... grab your frozen new ball joint out of the freezer heat the empty ball joint-less ring up again and tap the new one in when it cools its as tight as can be and I haven't had any problems so far and its been 2 years and 20,000 miles later

Just a suggestion

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