difficulty removing lower suspension ball joint 21mm nut

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charliedog
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difficulty removing lower suspension ball joint 21mm nut

Post by charliedog » Thu May 28, 2015 10:40 pm

Have tried everything bar cutting it off with an angle grinder. If anyone knows how to get this nut off 21mm I would be delighted to know how. The allen key socket in the bottom of the shank of the joint has worn round, the joint goes round and round, it appears the nut is rusted to the shank..........?????? :( fed up, I have spent days and all sorts of methods to release this nut :!:
Any help would be appreciated

GPW
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Re: difficulty removing lower suspension ball joint 21mm nut

Post by GPW » Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:34 pm

Grind it from one side so it's almost ground to the threads - but leave about 1 or 2mm away.
You'll now find the nut is much easier to undo and will probably snap open if it's really stuck - and come off regardless.

I did this recently with a steering balljoint nut so I know it works, the heat and the thinness of the metal left weaken the grip considerably.
The same method can also be used to get an inner race from a front hub - grind it close and then whack it with a hammer and it will crack and slid off.
Average home mechanic in Cambridge, UK. Peugeot 406 1998 1.9 tdi GLX

PhillipM
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Re: difficulty removing lower suspension ball joint 21mm nut

Post by PhillipM » Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:46 am

Jack right next to it on the lower wishbone if you still have the uprights and springs on - the weight of the car pressing down will lock the taper into the wishbone and let you work the nut off.

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