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Old 03-27-2013, 07:16 PM   #31
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Riveted ball joints are a bbb***** to get off with a drill and punch. Most people grind off the rivet head with an angle grinder, then punch, then grind some more. Some rivets need heat, then pounding with a driving hammer. Really, really hard work, particularly if you have a limited swing arc with the hammer. Bolt on ball joints are cake, by comparison.

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Old 03-27-2013, 07:24 PM   #32
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Bigplanz thank you for all your help,

Greatly appreciated...
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:36 PM   #33
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Use a short, thick punch. Hold it with pliers or channel locks, not your hand, Hit it HARD. Wear eye protection!

Little trick I learned while doing this job on a minivan. Dremel type rotary tools with a grinding/cutting wheel are surprisingly effective on chewing up these rivets. After the angle grinder does most of the work, the rotary tool can get into small spaces and remove a lot of metal. I used a black and decker 2 amp rotary tool and it worked well for its particular task.

Edit to add: if you are going to drill the rivets out you need something like this:

http://www.harborfreight.com/1-2-hal...ill-93632.html

It's huge though, so getting it on the rivet may be an issue.

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Also, if you use an angle grinder, take your time and make sure you don't tear up the control arm.

Eye protection and jack stands are a must.
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Yes, keep the grinding wheel on the rivet not the control arm.
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Piece of cake, no problems at all, I even changed out tie rods and hub bearing while I was in there, I started with a cold chisel then moved to a air chisel which worked out awesome removing the rivets. Then pounded them out with a punch came right out no problem. One of the easier jobs I have done. Not sure where all the concern about safety came from, if you use your head, then things come easy.. (Come on) thank you guys for all the help, it helped a lot greatly appreciated.. Hope to chat with you guys again when I need some more help.. Thank you
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Piece of cake, no problems at all, I even changed out tie rods and hub bearing while I was in there, I started with a cold chisel then moved to a air chisel which worked out awesome removing the rivets. Then pounded them out with a punch came right out no problem. One of the easier jobs I have done. Not sure where all the concern about safety came from, if you use your head, then things come easy.. (Come on) thank you guys for all the help, it helped a lot greatly appreciated.. Hope to chat with you guys again when I need some more help.. Thank you
Congrats!

No problem at all. The safety concern came from this being the internet, reading text about car repair from someone we didn't know, and then just playing it safe in general because we didn't know that persons mechanical abilities.

You not knowing what a punch was didn't help.

Glad you got it fixed, and glad we were of help.

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