Why cant i get the upper balljoint to unthread from control arm? I have all the correct tools, yet still i cant get it to budge

10

Asked by Nov 13, 2017 at 06:09 PM about the 1998 Dodge Ram Van

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

this is on a conversion van

3 Answers

10

no i havent,,,, how would that be done

134,315

Use a propane torch to heat up the control arm end without heating the ball joint. Don't get it red hot.

10

this is going to sound really stupid, but how do i heat up the control arm without the ball joint getting hot as well? is there some mechanics trick to this? additionally, is it necessary that i remove that big spring? i borrowed from autozone a tool for that, to be honest, that kinda spooks me, if that tool fails or if i do it wrong, that spring could do a lot of damage to me. Its not like i wouldnt be right there, you know? i cant afford to pay any mechanic. My husband is a lazy, little dick having peice of ........work,,, so no help there. this guy offered to help and show me, but what he wound up doing was me....the van still needs work, lol

Your Answer:

Ram Van

Looking for a Used Ram Van in your area?

CarGurus has 110 nationwide Ram Van listings starting at $3,950.

ZIP:

Dodge Ram Van Experts

  • #1
    sparkzz
    Reputation
    410
  • #2
    ChrisbVan
    Reputation
    290
  • #3
    Larry Thibert
    Reputation
    250
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Dodge Ram 1500
286 Great Deals out of 8,967 listings starting at $1,999
Used Ford Transit Cargo
108 Great Deals out of 18,138 listings starting at $9,991
Used Dodge Grand Caravan
342 Great Deals out of 30,476 listings starting at $1,299
Used Dodge Ram Wagon
37 listings starting at $5,998
Used Chevrolet Express
45 Great Deals out of 4,338 listings starting at $1,200
Used Dodge Ram 2500
164 Great Deals out of 4,400 listings starting at $1,995
Used Chevrolet Express Cargo
65 Great Deals out of 5,365 listings starting at $1,700
Used Chevrolet Chevy Van
37 listings starting at $3,600
Used Dodge Ram 3500
86 Great Deals out of 1,821 listings starting at $5,950

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use. Content will be removed if CarGurus becomes aware that it violates our policies.