RE: {Chrysler 300} Ball Joint Help
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RE: {Chrysler 300} Ball Joint Help



No luck at all John,

 

I ended up cutting both the upper and lower ball joint studs free so I could focus on the taper in the spindle. I tried one of the lever style tools. No luck.

 

I spent two hours trying to configure my drill press to get it into it. I managed to and I drilled out he bottom stud to 95% although it is a little off set from the centerline. Luck for me the small end is very close to center. I hit it again and it still will not come out.

 

Somehow over time these spindles have “welded” the ball joint tapers to the forging. Some form of electrolysis perhaps?

 

In any event, I am at a loss. Both of these on the passenger side are sold as a rock. I have not even pulled the driver’s side yet.

 

I may have to take to a good machine shop and have them get them out. Do you, are anyone else happen to know what the tapper angle is on these? They may have to all be drilled and then tapper reamed to get all the material out.

 

What a PITA?

 

James

 

From: John Grady <jkg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, March 26, 2024 2:49 PM
To: James Douglas <jdd@xxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: {Chrysler 300} Ball Joint Help

 

start cold apply a lot of heat quickly to od while part is clamped  in vise , keep

pressure on it with pickle , sharp rap with heavy hammer it should pop .

idea is heat outside to expand without  heating inside as best you can , means be fast  . heating both just expands both . similar to rear axle taper issue .

good luck ! 

jg 

Sent from my iPhone



On Mar 26, 2024, at 2:03PM, 'James Douglas' via Chrysler 300 Club International <chrysler-300-club-international@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:



Hi all,

 

I have been trying for two hours to get the right-side ball joints off the spindle (upright).  I have the factory Miller tool. I have pickle forks. I have a tie rod press off tool. Nothing is working.

 

I removed the entire assembly, the upper control arm, the lower control arm, all still attached to the spindle. 

 

I placed it on the bench and tried some heat. Nothing.

 

I have not yet attempted the left side, but I am assuming that I will run into the same.

 

One does not want to get too aggressive with pickle forks as one can bend the spindle arms.

 

So, has anyone any advice. This is stopping my rebuild of the 300K front end dead in its tracks? I have this week free to get it done.  Help?

 

Thanks, James.

 

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