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Splitting Balljoints - help please

I started on the Q4's front supension rebuild today, got the n/s (lhs) wishbone, anti roll bar drop link and Eibach spring fitted. A few niggles but as I was new to working on this car it was to be expected.
Started on the o/s (rhs) and hit a few problems unfortunately. One of the bolts holding the strut to the hub carrier was stuck and I ended up bending it taking it out, no dramas here as I should, be able to get a new one.
Now to the problem, I can't split the bottom ball joint. I've slackened the bolt holding the stubby end of the balljoint in the bottom arm and tried to remove the bolt but its stuck and I can't get the bottom arm and hub carrier apart.

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i dont know if its the same wishbone setup as 16vs but if it is it needs a good whack mine was the same richward recently had a prob getting his out do a search on the forum looking for his post he had a few replies. the bolt stays in place if ive got the right idea?
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That wee bolt comes out.. plent of wd40.
If yer getting it to turn ok and it just not 'moving out'. Spray some wd40... turn it about a bit, set about it with a drift pin and a hammer for a few knocks, then keep repeating.... it will come out

Fletch : There is a groove in the upward spike of the balljoint on the wishbones... this groove lines up to where this bolt is. If you leave the spike out of the hole and put the bolt in, you'll see part of that bolt. The bolt kinda sits half in this groove, half into stake hole in the middle of the stub axle. (if you know what i mean) It holds the ball joint stake in place.

does this help at all? or am i just waffling

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Dont forget to put the nut on the end of the bolt before whacking it or you'll knacker the thread

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Thanks guys. I got it eventually. It was the bolt that was causing the problem.

Sods law that all the problems happened on the 2nd side.
The drivers side (n/s) wasn't too bad, a few bits where i did stuff arse about *** but that was to be expected seeing as I hadn't worked on a 155 before. But oh man, the o/s was a nightmare. First I couldn't get one of the bolts out holding the strut to the hub, It took me over two hours to get it out and I ended up damaging the threads I had hit it so much with the hammer, then I couldn't split the ball joint at the bottom, Then I couldn't get the drop link off of the anti roll bar. It was siezed on. I certainly hadn't been greased when it was put together, I had to dash down to Halfords to buy a dremmel to cut the drop link off, but that's cool cos I really wanted one. I probably didn't save much money doing it myself seeing as I had to but extra tools.
At least its done and I got the Eibachs fitted. Only the rear springs to fit now so hopefully I will get the done in the week sometime.
Its been a tiring but enjoyable weekend, all I have to now is get my hands clean before going into the office tomorrow.

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