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Old 04-21-2012, 12:49 AM   #1
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Having Trouble Removing Radius Rod

I'm struggling with trying to get the outside end of the front radius rod loose from the spindle on my 2010.
I need to get it out of the car to change the bushings.

I have a pickle fork, but it hits the spindle, before it pops the stud loose.

I've also tried my air hammer on the end of the stud, and tried tapping it loose with a hammer too.

If worse comes to worse, I can cut the tips off of my pickle fork, but I really don't want to do that.

Anyone have any suggestions for knocking these loose?

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Old 04-21-2012, 07:16 AM   #2
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Another part of this. I have damaged a couple of the rubber grease boots, and my GM service department just confirmed my suspicion that the boots aren't available alone.

Has anyone found a decent aftermarket replacement for these?

Thanks, Gary.
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Old 04-21-2012, 05:53 PM   #3
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good luck. any pics?
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Old 04-22-2012, 11:11 AM   #4
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I finally got them.

I ended up taking 2 1" flat washers, cutting a slot in them so they would fit around the stud, and used them to "shim" the pickle fork. It still took a lot of force, but they finally popped loose.

I may use them from now on, because they tend to help to protect the rubber boot also.

I picked up some universal boots to replace the ones I damaged. Not the best, but better than the cut ones.
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Old 04-22-2012, 11:12 AM   #5
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i am having trouble with this too..cant remove that ball joint
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Old 04-22-2012, 05:27 PM   #6
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just cant get the ball joint out..this pickle fork sucks ..isnt there a tool to press it out the spindle?

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Old 04-22-2012, 07:59 PM   #7
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Here is what I ended up using to get them loose.......










I have a great appreciation of the air chisel. It has bailed me out many a time.

There is just too much room for just the pickle fork alone to work, so I ended up cutting a couple of 1" flat washers to use as shims. They didn't seem to cut the boot, as the pickle fork by itself did.

The design of the spindle doesn't allow any other kind of puller to be used, and I too started to damage the end of the stud from pounding on it.

I have never seen studs as hard to remove as these were.



Now if someone could figure out a simple method to press all of the bushings out, instead of chewing them out with a holesaw. I couldn't get a 20 T press to move them. I finally got the rubber out of the way, and split the metal rings with a sawzall. Once you get the blade "unstuck," they will drive right out with the trusty air chisel.



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Old 04-22-2012, 09:14 PM   #8
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I have never seen studs as hard to remove as these were.
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:57 AM   #9
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I have always hated pickle forks because they usually destroy the boot in the process. They really weren't designed to save it. Typically if the joint was coming apart, it was being replaced so it didn't matter if the boot got tore up in the process. Unfortunately most of the cars today do not have serviceable joints, if the joint wears out you have to replace the entire assembly.

Typically a ball joint can be knocked out by simply backing the nut off to the end of the stud and knocking the joint loose with a nylon dead blow hammer or brass hammer. The nut protects the threads while knocking the joint loose. The worse case scenario is that you damage the nut which is much easier to source and replace then a boot. On the Fifth gen, the stud is not threaded all the way to the end but I still leave the nut on the thread to protect it while driving on the stud. I couldn't tell you how many times our project cars have been taken apart this way and the joints are still fine...
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Old 04-23-2012, 01:05 PM   #10
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They do make tools for this. That work way better than those.

http://www.google.com/m/products/cat...=0CJEBEPMCMAA#
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