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ball joint cotter pin broke @#^&*(&@^

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The cotter pin in the ball joint broke. The tail ends are off, and the middle part is wedged in there.

How does one get this out? I'd tried forcing it out wt a nail and hammer, etc... ANGRY!
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Re: ball joint cotter pin broke @#^&*(&@^

Heat it up, and use the nail and hammer again.
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Re: ball joint cotter pin broke @#^&*(&@^

have you used a good penetrating oil to get any build up inside out?
worth a try...
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Re: ball joint cotter pin broke @#^&*(&@^

I take the socket that's the correct size and tap it onto the nut then use the socket wrench. It'll be difficult but you'll eventually get it to break free. I've done this probably 10 times and it's worked EVERY time. Of course, you'll need to get a new cotter pin afterwards but you'd need to do that anyway since it broke...
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Re: ball joint cotter pin broke @#^&*(&@^

mr muRf,
look close, make sure as much of the original cotter pin is busted off as ya can get to. down to the threaded studd if possible. ifn ya can get to it, take a screw driver, or awl and bend any remaining stubs till their as flush with the threaded stub as possible, then the nut will come off there A LOT easier with a regular socket. once the nut is off, then you can get to the stubb to clean the hole, weather ya use penn oil, ifn ya drill, be careful, REALLY EASY to bust a bit doin it.
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Re: ball joint cotter pin broke @#^&*(&@^

Actually you can turn the castle nut over the cotter pin and it will shear thru. Cotter pins are designed soft and I have done this with mangled pins many times. Then a punch or even a nail with the piont filed flat can be used to knock out the remainder.
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Re: ball joint cotter pin broke @#^&*(&@^

If you can't get it , I'm less than one hour away , Saturday is fine...LOL
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Re: ball joint cotter pin broke @#^&*(&@^

I don't see why you can't just get in there with the correct size drill bit and drill it out.
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Re: ball joint cotter pin broke @#^&*(&@^

Odds on you'd break the bit and then have real problems.
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Re: ball joint cotter pin broke @#^&*(&@^

If you have to drill it out , use a lot of oil . Rust will kill the tip of a drill bit faster than concrete...
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