Reuse Ball Joint??

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Buddy has a bent upper a arm on a 2021 with 40 miles. Is it easier to get a new ball joint or can he reuse the one out of the bent A Arm?
 

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Buddy has a bent upper a arm on a 2021 with 40 miles. Is it easier to get a new ball joint or can he reuse the one out of the bent A Arm?
Depends if you have access to a press or a ball joint press. I have both so I reuse the ball joints. If you don't have either I would just buy a new ball joint.

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They can be swapped without a press, i’ve helped some buddies do it. The upper is the easy one.
 
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With only 40 miles on it, I would certainly re-use it!

A hydraulic press and the proper fixtures would be best.

In the past, I have used a small hand-held propane torch to mildly heat the A-arm ball-joint socket. (you'll be surprise at how little heat expansion is needed to help relieve the ball joint from the A-arm socket!)
You should then be able to drive the ball joint out using brass round-stock that is slightly smaller in diameter.

This would also be a great area for the Automotive Never-Seez or Anti-Seize product to help with future removal.
 
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We've done this on the hill and in the driveway. Propane torch is the answer. It damn near FELL out of one we did with some heat.
 
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