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    96 Deville - ball joint and control arm help

    Hey folks, looking for help on 96 Deville

    So I manged to get my front (lower, not that there's an upper) ball joint off and out. This was already a replacement unit so I had rusty bolts and nylocks to contend with but not too bad. And some simple downward pressure on the control arm and I could get the strut free and slide the ball joint out if the control arm.

    Now i'm trying to get the new one in and i'm having issues either getting the tapered shaft into the knuckle or when I start with that part made up I can't get the ball joint into the control arm.

    So what is the best way to do this? Should I jack up both sides of the car? I'm still getting a lot of upward force on the control arm from the trailing arm (? or what ever that 20 - 22 mm diameter round arm coming from in front of the axles is called)

    Thanks, Dan

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    Re: stupid noob got it apart and needs help

    If I understand you correctly, put a jack under the lower table ( #1 in the attached image) & raise it till the of the ball joint's threads show & just tighten it up from there.

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    Nope, i'm having the opposite problem. The control arm is to high and i've got to put all my effort into getting it low enough to feed into the knuckle. Having now disconnected the tie rod i'm able to move the knuckle around much better and can almost slide the ball joint into the arm when I start with it in the knuckle loosely.

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    Re: 96 Deville - ball joint and control arm help

    Okay I see your not working on a lift, sorry my bad. So its the other way around, get a long pry bar wedge it forward of the table & get somebody to stand on it.

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    Ok thanks, I thought it was a two person job. I'm going to try again tomorrow with a drift to pin it should I get it close. Failing that I'll wait for my brother. Again i'm trying to slide the ball joint into the arm after making the castellated nut.

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    Hey while i'm at it here, how do you disconnect the sensor lever? Every place I look it looks riveted.

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    SOLVED: step one, go get a coil spring compressor. Step two, call in your brother. Step three, grab a metal bar/pipe and attach it to the control arm out by the free end placing the end of the bar under the subframe. Don't make the bar too long or it will hit the ground before you've deflected the control arm down enough.

    With the coil springs somewhat compressed attach the ball joint to the control arm. Then while one of you pushes down on the bar attached to the control arm the other can feed the ball joint up through the knuckle.
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