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Old 03-25-2009, 03:38 PM   #1
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What is the "special tool" for that covers the balljoint?

Just curious what purpose it serves. Your supposed to use it on the ball joint any time it is loose from the steering knuckle. If any body knows thanks in advance.


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Sorry, kind of vague there. What special tool? Are you talking about the heat shield that comes on the car on both front ball joints?
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Old 03-25-2009, 04:28 PM   #3
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sorry, I dunno for sure. In the instructions for replacing wheel bearings or anytime you seperate the lower control arm from the knuckle it says to install a special tool over the ball joint stud. But never gives a reason for its purpose
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Old 03-25-2009, 07:30 PM   #4
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Ball Joint Press? I changed the ball joints on a F-150 and it took 5 hours to hammer out one of them. We borrowed a ball joint press and it was out in 10 minutes..
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Nah, its a tool that looks like its only purpose is to protect the balljoint stud and cover while it is connected to the lower control arm during any work being done.
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Old 03-25-2009, 08:03 PM   #6
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pickle fork?

on a focus you break the rivets off and install bolts
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Nah, not a fork. Like I said, the tool doesn't seem to serve any major function. The only thing I can figure is a protective cover till work is completed. Or it keeps the stud stationary while the lower control arm is loose, but I dunno. The part number for the tool is the number in the picture.
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most of them come with it. but i've never kept it on until i'm done. i usually just toss them when i pull it out of the box
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so I'm guessing thats what its for is just protection till job is complete? If so thanks for the info fellas, I kinda figured thats what it was for.
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no it's really just for shipping and the fact it might is on a shelf for 3 or 4 years and to prevent corrosion.
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