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I was attempting to replace the passenger axle in my '89 CRX Si. I printed some instructions off the net. It looked easy enough. I've replaced my inner and outer tie rods before so I thought I could do it. Well I got the axle nut off. Then tried popping the balljoint. I hit it on the side with a hammer to loosen it. Then I used one of those U shaped balljoint loaner tools from Autozone. The balljoint didn't come loose, the tool slipped off the knuckle and destroyed the threads on the ball joint. The balljoint is still seemingly "welded" in, the threads gone, and the end is crushed. What do I do now?
 

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I got it back together. It fought me every step of the way. I went to Autozone got a new ball joint, fork, and press. I used the fork to seperate the ball joint. Took off the snap ring and hammered the old one out. The AZ ball joint press was missing the smallest cup, rendering it useless. So I ghetto'd it in with a mini sledge. Then I tore the new boot trying to get the snap ring back in. One replacement boot and snap ring pliers later I was done.

I did a search on the net looking for a better way to seperate ball joints. I found this and highly recommend it - Easiest Method. It requires no special tools. It doesn't even touch the ball joint so no damage. In fact on a CRX it doesn't even require the jack. You can lift the LCA up to put the wrench in without the jack. Using this method it took me about ten minutes to change the driver's axle. Watch the video if you have any questions.
 
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