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Old 12-22-2008, 10:27 PM
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Lower Ball Joint Replacement on '98 Accord

Earlier tonight, I helped a co-worker replaced the outer tie-rods and the lower ball joints on his '98 Accord w/220k.

We borrowed the ball joint press from AutoZone, but the tool would not "clear" the dust shield on the knuckle, so we were unable to use it. We had to manually hammer the ball joint out, and trust me, that wasn't fun.

So, does anyone know where I can rent a ball joint press that will work on this car? Or is there an easier way to removing and installing the lower ball joints? I got the RF side done tonight, and I'm going to tackle the other side tomorrow. I would rather not have to resort to using the hammer again.

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Old 12-23-2008, 08:36 AM
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If you make nice with a parts guy at the dealership, they might let you rent the Honda tool. You'll probably have to leave some collateral/deposit behind.
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Old 12-23-2008, 08:56 AM
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there is a ball joint fork that you can use that I got from autozone as a rental tool. If you take it from the side and with like two hits with a heavy hammer (sledge lol) it comes off very easy.
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