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 Post subject: Ball joints
 Post Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:58 am 
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I'm gonna be doing new upper and lower ball joints on my truck My only question is, when one is using the ball joint press to press the new ones in and out, how do you know when you have the new ball joints seated and to stop turning on the press? I guess I'm asking what to look for in order to know when to stop pressing.

Its a 05 2wd F350 if that info is needed..

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 Post subject: Re: Ball joints
 Post Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:02 am 
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The ball joint press that I used before had a slit in the press adapter that pushes the joint in.
Just press them in until they won't go.

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 Post subject: Re: Ball joints
 Post Posted: Tue May 01, 2012 3:32 am 
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I normally don't buy harbor freight tools, just because they seem so cheap. However do you think their ball joint tools would be fine for a job like this? and whats the difference between this:

http://www.harborfreight.com/four-wheel-drive-ball-joint-service-kit-4065.html

and something like this?

http://www.harborfreight.com/3-in-1-ball-joint-u-joint-c-frame-press-service-kit-38335.html

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 Post subject: Re: Ball joints
 Post Posted: Tue May 01, 2012 9:02 pm 
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just go rent one from the auto parts store... they have them there and if you break it, they will replace it and give you a new one to use...

i rented one off of Nick (at O'reilley Auto) and it was just like the 2nd one. worked great on my TJ upper and lower ball joints...

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 Post subject: Re: Ball joints
 Post Posted: Wed May 02, 2012 2:00 pm 
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I bought the second one in the link you provided a LONG time ago. They have a lifetime warranty and you can catch them on sale for $39.99 quite often, plus the 20% coupon you could get it real cheap. I have used my 3 in 1 for everything from ball joints to ujoints in the axles and driveshafts.

I imagine that the first one list just has a few different spacers that might make it a little easier to use on ball joints, but I've always managed to make my 3 in 1 work.

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 Post subject: Re: Ball joints
 Post Posted: Thu May 03, 2012 3:45 pm 
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I have the Harbor Freight one and it works fine.

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