Ball joint and tie rod ends stuck ('93 850)

Discussion in 'Volvo 850' started by lorang, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. lorang

    lorang Guest

    Car is a 1993 850 sedan. Failed PA inspection for a number of reasons
    (headlight glass chipped, supposedly brakes, and LCA ball joint and
    outer tie rod ends worn). Shop wanted something ridiculous like $1500
    ($500 parts/$1000 labor), which I'm clearly not going to do on a 16
    year old car.

    Got all of the parts and jacked up the car today expecting a 30 minute/
    side job.

    Unfortunately, everything on this car seems to be fused together (only
    tried driver's side).

    On the ball joint -- bolts holding to LCA came off easily, and the
    knuckle bolt holding to the spindle came off easily, but I can't for
    the life of me get the damn ball joint off the spindle. Tried soaking
    in penetrating oil, prying with a screwdriver and small prybar,
    banging, etc., but cannot seem to get this off. Is there some way I'm
    missing? I really don't want to have to go get a torch, since I'm not
    so comfortable with me holding a torch that close to things that
    explode.

    Then, to make things better, I figured I'd try to move on to the tie
    rod end, which is roughly the same situation. Can't get the locking
    nut to loosen onto the tie rod, can't get the nut holding the ball
    joint to loosen.

    Any suggestions? I am at this point incredibly frustrated and browsing
    car classifieds. I'd rather find some way to do it myself, but failing
    that, I'll take recommendations for a shop in Pittsburgh that will do
    the work with my parts and at a reasonable rate.

    Noah
     
    lorang, Feb 28, 2009
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  2. lorang

    James Sweet Guest


    While I haven't worked on something as new as an 850, ball joints
    usually have a nub on the tapered shaft beyond the threads that you can
    grip with some vice grips and twist back and forth a bit, then the shaft
    pops right out. They also make a puller tool to press it out.
     
    James Sweet, Mar 1, 2009
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  3. lorang

    Mr. V Guest

    Pickle fork and a hand sledge.
     
    Mr. V, Mar 1, 2009
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  4. lorang

    James Sweet Guest


    That works if you're replacing them for sure, otherwise it's a good way
    to wreck them.
     
    James Sweet, Mar 1, 2009
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