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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Tue, Apr-18-2017, 06:19:12 PM   #11
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I'm in CA, but my car is from Ohio/New Jersey.

I used the tool from HF. I've had it for years and I love it.

http://www.harborfreight.com/3-4-qua...tor-99849.html

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You west coast and southern guys have it so easy.
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Not everyone lives in Cali.
It is my understanding that this technique works just as well with rusted parts.


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Old Tue, Apr-18-2017, 07:29:37 PM   #13
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It is my understanding that this technique works just as well with rusted parts.


Quick Tip - Separating Ball Joints and Tie Rod Ends - YouTube
Sadly it does not.
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Quick Tip - Separating Ball Joints and Tie Rod Ends - YouTube
Not typically. I just did the front end on my 330ci this past weekend. The outer ball joints are the problem. I beat the hell out of the driver's side with a pickle fork and it wouldn't budge. I moved to the separator pictured above. The shaft was so fused into the spindle that the ball joint basically exploded when it broke loose.
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Yeah, it's like a gun going off sometimes. Last time I did one, it actually ruined the threading on the tool pictured above (greased threads at that).
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The shaft was so fused into the spindle that the ball joint basically exploded when it broke loose.
Scares the shit out of me everytime. Each time I give the wrench a 1/4 turn I flinch and cover my nuts in case the tool explodes lol

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Worked on my 911 that had seen California style use, but never on anything DD here in the Northeast.
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Since I don't have a sledge hammer, I might as well get the Harbor Freight one (same as pictured)...I just have a regular hammer and small handle hammer. I glad Nick shared that explosion...I'll be doing the replacement at my apartment parking lot and didn't want to make any loud bang, bang. I got permission to work on the car because it's a special BMW (what I told the manager).
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