DB9 Top Gear Track
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: United Kingdom
County: East Sussex
Last time I split my upper and lower wishbone balljoints I had to use a tuning fork splitter and a lump hammer, the danger of course being damage to the rubber boots. The tops weren't a problem as I was replacing the wishbones.
I managed to nick one of the lower boots, we'll see what happens come MOT time.
The track rod end split beautifully with a scissor splitter, couldn't for the life of me get the others to go....couldn't even fit it on properly, kept slipping off.
Having seen Ed China on Wheeler Dealers split balljoints in seconds with two lump hammers striking the balljoint mounting at the same time..... I gave that a go, nope, wouldn't budge. I think the secret to this technique is to have something on a jack lifting the upper wishbone so that gravity is acting on the hub upright. Despite hunting I couldn't find anything suitable. Can't see how one could use this technique on the lowers if working on the drive.
So, old tuning fork to the rescue it was.
All the best