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Originally Posted by srafferty View Post
19mm Socket / Wheel Brace
Jack & Axel Stands
17mm Socket
19mm Open Spanner
2Kg Hammer & Chisel
Ball Joint Separator (Wedge)
21mm Socket
24mm spanner
Torque Wrench.

1. Using 19mm Socket or Wheel Brace slacken wheel nuts.
2. Jack up car and secure on axel stands
3. Remove wheel
4. Using a 17mm Socket, disconnect the track rod end from the hub.
5. Optional (just to get it out of the way) - Using a 19mm spanner slacken the lock nut on the track rod end 1/2 a turn and remove the latter by simply unscrewing.
6. Remove ABS sensor cable
7. Using a 24mm spanner remove the nut at the top of the ball joint (found this quite stiff with no room to put a socket on it)
8. If the ball joint to be removed was a replacement, you're laughing - Using 17mm socket and spanner remove nuts and bolts
If the ball joint to be removed is original it will be riveted on. This is the fun part took me almost two hours.
9. Using a cutting disc grind off the heads of the rivets at the bottom of the ball joint.
10. Using the chisel and wedge remove the ball joint from wishbone (lots of banging required - those rivets are very, very tight - took me ages).
11. :loser: Very Important - Using your grinder again grind along the side of the rivet to make it thinner and easier to go through the wishbone so that when you hammer them through, and they tend to flatten more, they don't end up just getting even harder to remove.
12. Hammer the rivets out.

1. Using the 3 nuts and bolts supplied, fit the new ball joint to the wishbone (I torqued these to 60Nm).
2. As someone else posted, it's easier to remove the hub carrier to fit the new ball joint. Using a 21mm Socket remove the two bolts holding the hub carrier to the strut.
3. Raise the hub carrier into place on the ball joint.
4. Refit the hub carries to the strut using original 21mm bolts and torque to 180Nm
5. Fit and tighten the 24mm nut on the ball joint. This is supposed to be torqued to 110Nm. How in god's name you're supposed to do this without having taken out the drive, I have no idea.
6. Replace ABS cable
7. Replace track rod end remembering you slackened the lock nut 1/2 a turn.
8. Attach Track Rod End to Hub using 17mm nut and torque to 37Nm
9. Refit wheel
10. Lower car
11. Torque wheel nuts to 105Nm
Just done this job on the nearside front, it is a fiddly job but I found that it wasn't necessary to remove or disconnect the track rod at all, I turned the steering about half lock to the left and when the lower arm is pushed down just swing the leg towards the back of the car, you will need to disconnect the drop link to do this though. I found that drilling the rivets out from above was a quicker and easier option than using the grinder. These are just my thought's on the job and by no means the right/wrong way of doing it.
Thanks for the Original post though
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