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Ok, so i got both my struts off the old car to swap to my new one, with brakes too :) (yay). They are currently sat on my living room floor.

Went to get the ones off my new car, and got everything off, except for the bloody bottom balljoint. The nut looks like the original castlated nut. Is rusty and very very shallow. Now a socket would be great, but since the CV joint is in the way i dont have that option.

Tried loads to get it to shift, WD, heat, hitting it, tightening it to break the seal. Smaller spanners hammered on. All they do is slip round the nut without it actually moving, and so far, without rounding it off. Tried grips. It just wont budge. If it werent so close to the cv boot and the actual thread on the ball joint, i'd just grind it off.

Considered swapping the whole wishbone, but the boot on my other car is knackered and i dont have new bolts for it. That and the fact that nothing i have will fit into the bloody subframe.

HELP!

Thank you :)
 
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cant you cut it with a junior hacksaw then split the last bit before you cut the thread with a small chisel???
 

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Hacksaw... Why didnt i think of that? Durrr. I think its past the penatrating spray point.
 

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No one i know has tools like that lol. Working on a tight budget and short time now. Might have to leave it for a bit.
 
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as said use a hacksaw under the strut so you can take the strut off, then once its off the cv will be out the way and just use a lump hammer to remove the pin from the strut,

i take it your replacing the balljoint so just hacksaw it off:D
 

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Nope, swapping struts with my other car. Wish i could cut through it :( ******* thing
 
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They are always hard... I've had no trouble using 2 chisels together in a wedge shape and then tap them inbetween the driveshaft edge and the top of the thread exposed from the balljoint (put the nut to the very top to protect the thread and then tap away to pop the balljoint
 
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whoops... looked again at the above and noticed you was on about the nut being stuck... not the balljoint

ignore me :redface:
 

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Haha, no worries, i can always smash a ball joint off :)

Someone has lent me a tool that might be able to do it, but havent got time for now..
 
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are you seriously going to try and use that same bottom arm again? with the ball joint that buggered?
 

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The arm and balljoint are original GM parts, so are in amazing condition. As Andy said it is just the bolt, even if i did have to hack the balljoint off, i would buy another genuine one and keep the arm because its fine.
 

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13 :( Can get one off the bay for a about 8. Will see in a few weeks. Wont have time to do it until then.
 

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Hehe sorry, i had a look before. Was gutted when i saw that price when they are so cheap on ebay. :(
 

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