Ball Joint Separator (Scissor Type) - CTA 4013

Perfect for removing tie rod and control arm ball joints without damaging them, adjusts up to 2" (51mm) for different size ball joints

Some ball joints can be a real hassle to remove. This "scissor type" ball joint removal tool makes it much simpler. The traditional style pickle fork is known to tear ball joint rubber boots and hitting the wheel spindle with a hammer to "shock" the ball joint into releasing is a good way to damage the wheel spindle. This ball joint removal tool makes it easy and safe to remove ball joints.

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Ball Joint Separator (Scissor Type) - CTA 4013

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Suspension Ball Joint Separator
$34.89 MSRP: $44.99
Careful, this is a universal product. Some parts may require modification depending on application.
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4.7 based on 10 review(s)
By: John K
Mon, May 29 at 9:56AM

Worked well. Made separation of the ball joints much easier, and it didn't damage the boot even though you have to hammer the tool in.

By: Mike G.
Tue, May 9 at 5:49PM
A "Must Have" Tool!

Bought to remove the lower control arms on my S550. The tool itself is a must have for any DIY'er. Removed my lower control arms in a matter of minutes without damaging the boot or stud.

By: Mark B.
Sat, Jan 14 at 8:17AM
Doesn't Work On 960/90 Ball Joints Without Cutting Off Part Of Stud

The description on FCP's website is lacking -- it should at least have two key points from the box label of the tool: "Adjusts up to 2" for different size ball joints". The label also mentions that it works with "many front wheel drive vehicles", which the 960/90s aren't. The ball joint stud on a 960/90 front end is just over 2" and thus the jaws of the tool cannot open wide enough, even with the hinge pin in the lower position. That said, I elected to keep the tool as it did fit fine on my tie rod ends. It also let me remove the old ball joints once I had cut off about 1/3" of the stud with my Dremel. Of course it doesn't matter that it preserves the rubber cup when you just need the old ball joint gone, but it's definitely better than hammering away with a pickle fork. Be sure to leave the nut on loosely if you are separating the ball joint from the control arm while off of the car or it will take off like a rocket and damage anything in its path. As others pointed out, also be prepared for a very loud pop when the joint separates. Heavy-duty tool which I will be able to use on other vehicles with shorter ball joints.

By: Mike
Fri, Jan 13 at 11:58PM

Worth every penny. A must have for front end work. Period.

By: Sly White
Sun, Jul 3 at 12:24AM
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By: Justin N
Wed, May 18 at 4:05PM

Works like a charm. Also lent it to my pickle fork wielding buddy for his seized on Honda Lower ball joint and it was returned with a 6pack.

By: Jason Jenkins
Wed, Nov 4 at 2:44AM

Change oil without damaging the oil filter cup! Perfect fitment! Great value!

By: Jason Jenkins
Wed, Nov 4 at 2:41AM

Very good price very fast delivery! 5 days to deliver to New Zealand! Can't get much better service than that!! Tool works perfectly. Very impressed! Highly recommend!

By: Jason Jenkins
Wed, Nov 4 at 2:41AM

Very good price very fast delivery! 5 days to deliver to New Zealand! Can't get much better service than that!! Tool works perfectly. Very impressed! Highly recommend!

By: Chris Richardson
Tue, May 19 at 10:58AM
Why Did I Get One Of These Sooner?

Brilliant little tool! It makes separating ball joints a breeze! I don't know why I didn't get one of these sooner. A must have for any DIY'er.

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