Hey, just wondering if there are different sized of pickle forks for seperating ball joints. The reason I ask is I just bought one from auto value parts, and it won't fit on my balljoint between the control arm and knuckle. Do I have some weird balljoints, or is there a bigger size of pickle fork that I can buy? This is for the front balljoints on an 84 btw.
Posts: 3780 From: Brookston, IN Registered: Mar 2003
Not sure I can help. One thing I can say is that when I went to autozone, they had 2 available pickle forks. I told the guy I needed the one for the rear ball joint (one of them is supposed to be for the tie rod). He told me that they are the same thing.
Looks like the 2 they have are identical.
You say it won't fit. Are you sure. At first, it won't and shouldn't. You have to pound it in there to separate the joint. If it fit, it wouldn't do the job.
I'm with JScott. I think Rodney sells the seperator tool. It costs twice as much but the little boots on our ball joints are hard to find so I don't like to destroy them. The only way I have found them is to buy another ball joint.
Posts: 3244 From: Delta, BC, Canada Registered: Aug 2001
All you have to do is lightly hit the knuckle with a hammer ( or upright if working on the rear ) and it will all seperate, I have never used a pickle fork on a Fiero - or rather never have had to because of this method. The pickle fork will just tear the boots off of the ball joints and scratch the hell out of the suspension components
Posts: 21674 From: Houston, TX , USA Registered: Dec 2001