Mercedes-Benz Forum banner

1 - 10 of 10 Posts

·
Registered
1985 500SEL, 2006 S500 AMG Sport, 2009 SL550 AMG Sport
Joined
·
230 Posts
Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
has anyone used one of these tools to replace ball joints? if so, would you reuse it?
 

Attachments

·
Registered
1965 220S, 1999 Volvo V70 (wagon), 2006 Ford Crown Vic Police Interceptor, 72 350SL 4 Speed
Joined
·
1,830 Posts
That's a ball joint seperator tool. You cannot replace the ball joints with it.
 

·
Premium Member
1987 560SEC, 1987 UNIMOG U1700L
Joined
·
326 Posts
If you don't have a special tool you can just bash them with a hammer
 

·
Registered
1985 500 SEC, 2005 E320
Joined
·
1,294 Posts
installing new ones is substantially harder. They need to be pressed in. and considering the weird configuration of the control arm, pressing is difficult. getting em out is easy. sledge hammer and a 22+mm socket to bash em out.
 

·
Registered
1991 300SE 250,000KM Award Recipient
Joined
·
468 Posts
DarkoneSK ain't kidding,getting the ball joints out is a snap, but pressing them back in requires a special tool. I did mine a few months back and I had a tool, not the MBZ tool mind you, but a c-clamp type ball joint press. I made a custom part to complete the deal and viola' in they went. But I could not see any way to press them in the traditional way at all with the knuckle designed the way it is. The tool pictured above would never work to press the new ball joints back in.
 

·
Registered
1985 500SEL, 2006 S500 AMG Sport, 2009 SL550 AMG Sport
Joined
·
230 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
Everyone, thank you for your input. looks like this is the right tool. it costs almost $400.00:eek:. i wonder if anybody would rent something like this......
 

Attachments

·
Registered
1982 380SE AMG euro(parted out),1983 300SD "Good Girl", 1984 500SEL AMG euro "Bad Girl"
Joined
·
3,256 Posts
cjscopp said:
DarkoneSK ain't kidding,getting the ball joints out is a snap, but pressing them back in requires a special tool. I did mine a few months back and I had a tool, not the MBZ tool mind you, but a c-clamp type ball joint press. I made a custom part to complete the deal and viola' in they went. But I could not see any way to press them in the traditional way at all with the knuckle designed the way it is. The tool pictured above would never work to press the new ball joints back in.
Hey "cjscopp"! Would you still have that set-up around? I'm getting ready in the next few weeks to do the front end of the 300sd. I want to get the half shaft boots done on a spare set I've got and do both jobs when I put the car on stands for a week. Let me know and I'll contribute to your car or beer fund if you can press the lower ball joints for me.
 

·
Premium Member
1987 560SEC, 1987 UNIMOG U1700L
Joined
·
326 Posts
Pressed in ball joints! damn, never heard of that before sounds like a PITA.
 
1 - 10 of 10 Posts
Top