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50 thoughts on “Subaru – ball joint replacement”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jeffery trexler says:

    I was doing the exact same job but I was replacing the lower control arms as well don't torture too long the ball joint will explode 😅😱🤬🤯

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daubinks says:

    2 ball joints is 80$, a 6 piece control arm set with ball joints and end links is 114$. Guess what I'm doing.

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Charles Buckner says:

    There’s your problem lady, you called your wife the secretary. You should have called her the office manager, much more likely to get results.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 19minorthreat69 says:

    Nice to see a pro have issues getting that damn pinch bolt off.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Snadzies says:

    Just finished getting out the front ball joints on my sister's outback, your strat with the air hammer and chisel bit saved the day.
    Got one side out using a strat I saw on an A1 Auto video but couldn't use that method on the other side as the threads on the ball joint were completely mangled (nut looked to have been cross threaded on).
    Pulled out the air hammer and with a little back and forth I got the ball joint out.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars KwadKen says:

    haha always phone rings when you doing the job lol.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hola! COMMISSARY Port of Spain says:

    Hey i know this is a late question. Should i torque these bolts? or just as tight as i can.?

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael says:

    Holy fuck this job can go south quick doing one right now in Canada FML

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bill Barnes says:

    you can buy a ball joint tool on ebay for about 35.00 just for subaru you can have that ball joint out in 30 seconds

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars B Souza says:

    For really hard connections I use a heat gun to get the connector very hot. With the connection hot I spray generous amounts of kroil then give it 15 mins. It has saved me time.I just do some other work until the connection get cooked. For whatever it’s worth. Thanks for showing the real buggers of rusty, nasty, dirty, filthy, frozen connections.🤓

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Julian Kazar says:

    This plus all the other subaru ball joint videos have made me purchase the astro ball joint puller and on my last oil change I removed the bolt covered it in anti seize and put it back in. Our subaru is only a year old we live in Pennsylvania. Any other bolts I should think about pulling now and anti seize

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chase Dyer says:

    Cuts, rust, burns, customers, wife and kids. Ghandi would be proud of your patience sir 😂

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Vic Investa says:

    I have the same problem. Would propane torch work ? What torch do I need ?

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars spasmonaut10 says:

    This is next on my list so can't wait to start this project with that bolt almost inevitably fighting me too. Planning to do both sides too so yay…

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shane Anderson says:

    have you ever used a 4inch grinder to clean up the rotor ends / edges to remove the lip ? i do it every time

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Richard Lucy says:

    It’s all good

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars KEN MCCORMICK says:

    Need engine rebuilt, if I drop it off in the morning, can I get it back by afternoon? HA!

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars H J says:

    Thanks for sharing what most would think is an easy job. I really hate rust!

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Emil Enqvist says:

    Great video. Done the exact same work on my own Subaru Forester. One hell of a work I must say. Took me a good number of hours (whitout the gas torch), had to dismount the entire wheel hub and put it on the bench, drill out the broken (of course) bolt and use a heavy slide hammer before victory over the elements. The Swedish road conditions with lots of salt during winters is definitely not the ideal conditions for car repairs.
    Always good to see that even the professionals sometimes enters the road to hell. A thing you never see on the car shows on TV. 😀

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars roger williams says:

    I like watching your video I’m a licensed mechanic with forty plus years in my own shop in Ontario the rust belt lol always learn something new still Started my apprenticeship in 1968 and still working

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mitch van Kesteren says:

    Wonder if it’s ever crossed anyone’s mind (that is incharge of those kinds of things) out east to find a salt alternative that doesn’t eat vehicles for breakfast…

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars null hypothesis says:

    You are being distracted by Mrs. O's beauty. I hope you dont kill yourself before you're done.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars null hypothesis says:

    This has become my favorite YouTube channel.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Fred says:

    Just bought a subaru outback to tote the grandkids about. I watch to see what jobs are in my future….. thanks so much for what you do. I live in the mountains of western north carolina what I consider the semi rust belt. We get a few snows a year so if you can stay at home and avoid driving about those few times wrenching is easier and the car lasts longer.

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars TaintedMojo says:

    I bet that inductive bolt heater you got made things a lot easier

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tom Stark says:

    Get the 1/2 inch Earthquake gun. I finally broke down and got one and regret not getting it years ago! Beats the crap out of my IR gun!

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Driver0808657 says:

    I love seeing you fight with all these rusted out piles of bullshit as a professional mechanic. It makes me feel less alone as an east coast Canadian. Awesome content 😂

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars LaChelle McClellan says:

    airplane mode

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Gary says:

    When I did this the nut just snapped off so I was already replacing the control arm (bent) so I just got a junk yard knuckle.

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jo Victor says:

    This video enforces my negativity about ball joints non mechanics shouks stay away from a ball joint job.

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hola! Josiah Sawdey says:

    I’ve done these by taking the pinch bolt out first then air hammer on the knuckle near ball joint while prying down on the control arm then remove castle nut. Anyone else try it that way? Been successful for me.

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Will Rogers says:

    I always thought you were exceptionally upbeat; I guess it's the coke!!

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Socal Zaps says:

    Next on South Main Auto, Eric O rebuilds the motor on a 1989 Bronco using nothing but Big Nasty and two cases of brake cleaner

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ida olea says:

    changed my ball joint on my subaru outback 1998, a had take off the hub, and put in a vise, drill out bolt.
    Used 2 days to change both. I think only a fool changes only on one side, if its 18 years old ball joint.

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars S Rex says:

    I watched two other videos on replacing ball joints. This one is more realistic because of seized bolt, especially since I am from Great Lakes area where snow and salt do their rusting and havoc on bottom of cars. Real life issues. Thanks.

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars joey says:

    Yea woman lol. The bolt head just broke on me, so on to phase 2

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tom Eagen says:

    We had a control arm recall at the Subaru dealer. New arms and ball joints. It got old fast

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars samuelm370 says:

    How can a guy do that at home on a driveway without air tools?

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hola! Moises Cardenas says:

    My gosh all those rusted parts not just in this video but in some of them lol I'm been lucky that every nut and bolt or part for that matter comes of with ease especially Subarus here in Washington far away from the sea even so Good Job.😁

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars soundseeker63 says:

    Caution – Parts heated with oxy-acetylene torch may be hot! :-D. lol (gloves advised…?). Seriously though, As somebody watching from the UK where everything rusts to fuck within a few years, I can fully identify with the nightmare of everything you touch being seized/rusted/stripping off etc. Makes even the simplest of jobs a total PITA! I feel your pain my friend. I feel your pain! 🙁

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bean Lam says:

    what is your thoughts on astro pneumatic subaru ball joint adapter tool?

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ross Hale says:

    I just want to say thank you Eric, And I believe you have saved me a lot of grief. I made the heat shield for the boot and like you, just patiently worked it. They broke loose tightening them surprisingly and then just worked at it with the torch back and forth, then voila it’s out and no carnage. I’m sure I join many in saying, “I owe you a beer!”

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars JP Auto says:

    I buzz off the axle nut in 3 seconds and pull the CV out so I don't have to worry about melting the boot and dicking around with a heat shield. After I get the seized bolt out I'll put the ball joint stud back in the lower arm with the CV still out and install the nut. Heat the knuckle and slide hammer down on the lower arm till the whole ball joint comes out. Then wire wheel, anti-seize and reinstall. Also moog ball joints for Subarus don't last, get Japan made sankei 555 ball joints for cheaper they last forever.

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Wanderlust says:

    Please tell me where you bought the red scrap that bends the control arm so easily?

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Vehicles n' Guitfiddles says:

    Just stopped by wondering "How do i get the ball joints back in the sockets when i put this all back together" with the entire front suspension of a forester apart in my garage. Thanks, perfectly illustrated, looks easy actually.

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars R B says:

    Eric O , just wanted to say thank you for this vid. I did a Suby lower ball joint and wheel bearing and followed your lead to a T . I am a proud owner of my own "Big Nasty " and the job went off without a hitch. That pinch bolt was no match for a lil heat and rattle . Thank you for all your efforts on YT , they do not EVER go unnoticed . RB from Zion Drive Auto in Pittsburgh !

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Beth Caruso says:

    Why didn't you insert a chisel-type tool in the split to slightly stretch the space and let the ball joint fall out??

  48. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mark McKelvy says:

    Love the sex jaz montage toward the end. All videos should have this.

  49. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Donnie Robertson says:

    Great job and video

  50. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars nismo20032 says:

    Astro now makes a tool to pull these ball joints. I’m from New Hampshire (the rust belt) and I’ve been successful at removing these with the tool!!!

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