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Old 07-26-2011, 08:32 PM
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How to remove lower ball joints ??

gotta 2000 dakota. Lower ball joints are riveted in. I tried getting just one rivet out 1st to see if i was gonna be able to get it. I grinded down the tip rivet and tried to hammer it out. Well didnt work. Do i have to grind down the top rivet and bottom rivet then try to pound it out? Or am i gonna even be able to pound it out with a hammer?
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:25 PM
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I just grinded down the top of the rivet and used a 8 lbs hammer! Its such a PIA!
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:27 PM
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Cut an X in the head of the rivet and use an air punch... or hammer and punch. Grinding the head all the way down causes a lot of heat, the heat makes the rivet expand and makes it harder to knock out
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:41 PM
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Gotta replace mine soon, lucky for me they were replaced before so no need to grind down any rivets!
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So i should be able to knock them out by just grinding the head off? Or by cutting and X then knocking out. No need to grind the bottom part off too?
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Grind an X and knock em out with a big hammer!
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you don't have to touch the bottom
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I found it was easier to remove the lower control arm, and drill them out.

Grinding, cutting an x and punching, and drilling all work. Regardless of method chosen...it's just a pain in the rear. Give yourself a long day to change them the first time.
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Should the lower control arm be off before using the big hammer? Or are you using the big hammer while the lower control arm is still attached? What im getting to is will all that hard hitting hurt the contol arm in any way if it were still attached?
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I used Cobalt drill bits.. and just drilled them out
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