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Can I jack up the front of my car on the lower control arm near the ball joint without damaging anything? (Honda Civic EM2)

Yes, you can lift from this point without any damage to the ball joint. The ball joint itself is pressing into itself. It is very strong in this direction. It's strong in the other direction as well, ...
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Is alignment needed after replacing upper control arms?

ABSOLUTELY Yes, when you do any major work to the front suspension, you need to have the alignment done. Even though the parts are "basically" the same, they are not exact. Newer parts will be ...
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Using nylon lock-nuts in place of traditional slotted nuts & a cotter pin

You really need to find slotted (castle) nuts for the application. The specific reason for this is, castle nuts have a positive stop (the cotter pin). It is nearly impossible for these to spin off ...
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Safe to drive back home with torn ball joint boot?

It should be safe to drive it home. The only purpose of the boot is to keep the lubricant (grease) in the joint. When the boot is torn, the grease will start to dry out and/or leak out of the boot, ...
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Do I need any special tools to replace a ball joint that appears to be able 'bolt on'?

Just to integrate the comment of Ben and the answer from Chuck: Most of the time the ball joints are riveted to the suspension arm, then you need to drill the rivets to remove the joint. The top of ...
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Do I need any special tools to replace a ball joint that appears to be able 'bolt on'?

Looking from the picture, the balljoint is held in place by a pinch bolt. All you will need is a hammer, chisel(screwdriver), and some spray lubricant. I would also use thread-locker on the bolts that ...
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Impossible to separate ball joint

I would recommend you a ball joint puller. Sooner or later you will need to remove a ball joint without replacing it, so a pickle fork is out of the question. Heating the control arm sounds a bit ...
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Safe to drive back home with torn ball joint boot?

Just don't worry, carry on and fix it when possible. On a dry, high-quality road this is safe for at least few thousand kilometers. A moderate rain is not an issue either. In the worst case, you will ...
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Is this ball joint okay?

If there are no visible tears in the boot (ie: leaking grease), it should be just fine. I can see the slight deformation of the boot (right side), but other than that, I don't see any tears in it. My ...
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Vehicle vibrates when driving past 120kmh, this is after doing a routine clutch change on a Opel Corsa 1.4i

It could be: new parts parts removed and replaced as part of the service work parts that may have been close to worn out that may have been stressed past their limits by the work Or it could even be ...
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Impossible to separate ball joint

The easiest way to separate a ball joint is to hit the knuckle straight on. Hit it like you stole it. And I'm not talking about hitting the ball joint where the threads are at. Hit the metal part ...
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Impossible to separate ball joint

Are you sure you are using the right size pickle fork? If its inserted all the way and it is no longer pushing the two pieces apart, it sounds like its too small. Heat, hammers, and pry bars have ...
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Can a damaged CV joint cause clunking noise?

Turns out the strut top bolt got loose from the accident and as the car was going over bumps it would hit the mount and make the clunking noise.
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2000 lincoln town car - lower ball joint replacement

You'll want to remove the snap ring, then remove the old ball joint, replace the ball joint, and then replace the snap ring. If it's damaged, you should replace the snap ring. Do NOT replace the ...
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2003 Hummer H2 - Are the upper ball joints and control arms one part?

The ball joint is definitely separate from the A-arm. To remove, you need to press from the thread side. To what you're seeing online, it depends on what your time/effort is worth to you as to whether ...
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Ball Joint Separator Large Enough for GM Truck Ball Joints?

There is a much, much easier way to get the ball joint separated than with the tool you're trying to use. It's called a hammer, BFH, whatever. The trick is in how you hit it to get it separated. ...
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Lower ball joint seems stuck on 2003 Town Car

Looking at online suppliers it appears available either as a balljoint or a new control arm with a ball-joint. This may be a case where the most prudent (albeit more expensive) method is to replace ...
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Changing Position of Cotter Pin Hole

The ball is not solid in the joint. It's made to move. The easiest way to do this is to separate the ball joint from the knuckle (or whatever it's connected to), then put a nail or some kind of ...
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Toyota aygo has knocking noises from front and back?

A few common places to look at to start with would be, Exhaust brackets and hangers, heat shields and protective shields, suspension and or wishbones can cause banging and knocking noises.
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Can a slightly bent rim cause an outer CV boot leak?

A bent rim, even one severe enough to cause vibration, will not loosen a CV clamp that is already subject to constant vibration.
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Can an alignment done wrong damage my ball joints

it won't affect your ball joints. However if your alighment was incorrectly done with "toe out" instead of a small "toe in" bias, then the car will catch and follow road grooves.
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Do I need any special tools to replace a ball joint that appears to be able 'bolt on'?

On the Mk1 Golf, only the early models had the balljoints riveted in. I've had Mk1 Golf since 1998 and have never encountered a ball joint that wasn't bolted to the wishbone. It's also worth ...
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Ball joint did not fit as deep on the new control arm

Is the ball joint nut torqued up to spec?. The ball joint should fit very closely to the way the previous one fitted, and you should definitely be able to insert the split pin normally. You need to ...
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Which is the offside link arm on my suspension?

From looking at the pictures, the only ball joint which is present is on the lower control arm. This should be the one your mechanic is talking about. If you dissect what was given you, I think this ...
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Vehicle vibrates when driving past 120kmh, this is after doing a routine clutch change on a Opel Corsa 1.4i

If the vibrations are a result of the work done to the drivetrain, you'd imagine that the car would vibrate when stationary, in neutral gear, clutch out, being revved to the same engine speed as is ...
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