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Anyone have lower balljoint tool to loan/rent?

prefer to not try the remove the rubber boot and ham a c clamp method, but rather, use the proper tool/method. And not having luck finding local mb Indy shop to do the work/none have the tool. Thanks!
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I am pretty sure you can get these on ebay for not a lot of $
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I am pretty sure you can get these on ebay for not a lot of $
I searched and did not find one. Only one I found is on pelican parts for $500
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I searched and did not find one. Only one I found is on pelican parts for $500
Thai one works great: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mercedes-Be...QAAOxyd5tRyNJl
You just need a hydraulic press.
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I've been wondering about this, as it's on my list of jobs to do at some point. Why doesn't an ordinary ball joint press kit work? Something like this for example: https://www.ebay.com/itm/21PC-C-PRES...R/401213893695
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Who said it doesn't work? Instead of doing experiments, I used the one in the link above (post 4), but that doesn't mean anything else wouldn't work. Perhaps when time comes for you to replace your ball joints, you buy the one in the link you posted, try to use it and share with us your experience for everybody's benefit.
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Who said it doesn't work? Instead of doing experiments, I used the one in the link above (post 4), but that doesn't mean anything else wouldn't work. Perhaps when time comes for you to replace your ball joints, you buy the one in the link you posted, try to use it and share with us your experience for everybody's benefit.
Well, I remember when asking around for quotes to do this job, some garages, even Mercedes ones, said that they did not have the 'special tool' that was needed to press these joints. So I assumed that there was some reason for a widely available one not to be suitable.
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Well, I remember when asking around for quotes to do this job, some garages, even Mercedes ones, said that they did not have the 'special tool' that was needed to press these joints. So I assumed that there was some reason for a widely available one not to be suitable.
I think if you compare the MB tool with the generic eBay ones like you linked to, you'll find the eBay version doesn't clear the steering knuckle at the joint

The MB tool will install the ball joint in the car, the tube-style that liviu linked to requires stripping down the knuckle and using a press. But it really works great. I own that tube-style, too, thanks to liviu and it's very slick. If you have, or have access to a press, that is.
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I think if you compare the MB tool with the generic eBay ones like you linked to, you'll find the eBay version doesn't clear the steering knuckle at the joint

The MB tool will install the ball joint in the car, the tube-style that liviu linked to requires stripping down the knuckle and using a press. But it really works great. I own that tube-style, too, thanks to liviu and it's very slick. If you have, or have access to a press, that is.
Ok, that makes sense. So, if I don't have access to a press (which I don't), but don't mind stripping the car down, then I can go with a generic set?
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Ok, that makes sense. So, if I don't have access to a press (which I don't), but don't mind stripping the car down, then I can go with a generic set?
Nope. The generic set is too bulky to fit into the knuckle and get a direct push on the ball joint, in my experience. As liviu said, it would be nice if you wanted to try and then let us know. I've only tried one generic and there may be other versions that would work.
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