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Old 06-22-2009, 08:54 AM   #1
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Where can I buy this tool??

I am going to be replacing struts, shock, spring pads, & mounts.
Where can I buy this tool IN CANADA to remove the control/thrust arms?


I don't need the Snap On price/quality as I will probably only use it a few times.
The one at Princess auto does not work, as it doesn't open enough.

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Old 06-22-2009, 09:10 AM   #2
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Rent it at partsourceif hey got it. its free you just gota put down the deposit
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Old 06-22-2009, 11:39 AM   #3
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check out princess auto
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Old 06-22-2009, 12:04 PM   #4
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If you're just doing shocks, struts and springs you won't need to remove control arms.
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Old 06-22-2009, 01:28 PM   #5
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If you're just doing shocks, struts and springs you won't need to remove control arms.
You are right, but I forgot to list new control arms are also going in. Last year I did the tension strut bushing.
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Old 06-22-2009, 01:29 PM   #6
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check out princess auto
I have their version of this tool and it doesn't open wide enough and I would have to grind off quite a bit to get it to fit in.
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Old 06-22-2009, 05:44 PM   #7
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i got this Ball-Joint Separator - 19mm with two level adjust...

i can get you $45 tax/in brand new... and w/ one year quality warrenty
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Old 06-22-2009, 11:57 PM   #8
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i got this Ball-Joint Separator - 19mm with two level adjust...
i can get you $45 tax/in brand new... and w/ one year quality warrenty
Thanks for the offer, but those jaws won't open enough.
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Old 06-23-2009, 07:45 AM   #9
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Just hammer it put with a hammer
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:16 AM   #10
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Just hammer it put with a hammer
That will be my last option. My second last option is a pickle fork, but that usually rips the boot. Since I am replacing the control arm, that is not a big deal.
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Old 06-23-2009, 01:00 PM   #11
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Dude ... just use brute force. I've changed control arms a bunch of times, never user anything other than a fork and a BFH. Spary some release-all on there first. If you want to save the balljoint boots, a good trick is to put the nut back on just so it's very lightly above the top of the stud, and give it a few good whacks from above. This will damage the nut, but your balljoint boot will be fine.
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Old 06-23-2009, 05:20 PM   #12
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Dude ... just use brute force. I've changed control arms a bunch of times, never user anything other than a fork and a BFH. Spary some release-all on there first. If you want to save the balljoint boots, a good trick is to put the nut back on just so it's very lightly above the top of the stud, and give it a few good whacks from above. This will damage the nut, but your balljoint boot will be fine.
Dude... I really don't want to use the hammer to bang it out. Hammers are for hacks. I like to use the right tool for the right job. If the arm is in good shape, I can reuse it.

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Old 06-23-2009, 05:26 PM   #13
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I changed many control arms just put a peace od off over the arm when you hammer it or use a rubber mallet but then u gta hit really ****ing hard if you hit it in right places it should come out with like 3 hit
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Old 06-23-2009, 05:38 PM   #14
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I just used a pry bar and a quick tug, the control arm came right out.
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Old 06-24-2009, 10:32 AM   #15
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Dude... I really don't want to use the hammer to bang it out. Hammers are for hacks. I like to use the right tool for the right job. If the arm is in good shape, I can reuse it.

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A well placed hammer is not a hack job ... it is the right tool in many occasions (try crewing for a race team without a hammer!). Like I said, if you use the nut on the stud, you won't damage anything except the nut, which needs to be replaced anyway. The idea is not hammer at it 30 times. All it takes is a couple of well placed whacks to break the binding metal. The amount of time you spent looking for the tool you could have changed 30 control arms

Not knocking you for trying to do it the "right" way ... just offering a far easier way to accomplish the same task. Some jobs you don't "hack" (like say skipping using a torque wrench) .... this is not one of those jobs.

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