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post #1 of 7 Old 08-16-2010, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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Ball Joints..2 wheel drive 1500

I have to replace all four ball joints on my 2001 ram 1500...I read up and asked questions and it seemed like it should be to difficult.....but....It took me 6.5 hour just to change 1 lower ball joint...It was almost like the rivets were welded or something...I ground the heads off the top and proceeded to beat the rivets down and out with 4lb sledge and punch...didnt budge any of them, I beat and beat and beat...finally I drilled a small hole all the way through and followed with a bigger drill until I could punch the remaining rivets out....WTF??? How can they be that hard to remove? Is there any tricks or secrets or was this a fluke to be that difficult...gonna try to replace the others next weekend...Thanks for any info on this
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Dont bother with a ball joint press, you need lots of heat and a pitman arm puller and a Big hammer

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old school ,,,, floor jack and hammer,,,, sounds like you learn what to do and what not
forget the press tool,,,,rivits,, air hammer or drill them out,,,,,
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I did exactly what you did and it took forever. I went and got some cobalt drill bits with some tap magic and it cut the drilling time significantly. I ground off the top of the rivets then drilled down to the lower rivet then beat them out. Took about 10 mins per rivet.


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I had it done at a shop and it cost me over a grand I should have done it myself.....

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Air Hammer is your friend, and I'm talking a long barrel one, not those crappy 20 dollar back massagers most places sell. Done plenty of riveted ball joints at the shop where i work, chop the head in half or into 4 with a cut off tool (vertical cuts into the rivet not horizontal across the head), use and air hammer with a chisel bit to knock the head off, then a punch bit to knock it through. every now and then a small amount of drilling is needed to get it to pop through.

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