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Old 07-26-2019, 12:11 AM
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Drag link nut will not go back on

I recently changed my u joints and ball joints for the first time. My Jeep is an 08 and the bolts were extremely hard to get off. Now the drag link end that attaches to the knuckle will not screw back on. Every time the nut turns the entire boat turns with it. Any ideas on how to get this back on?

I’ve tried a ball joint press keeping tension on the bottom of the drag link & I’ve tried using a floor jack to keep tension, neither seem to be working.

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Old 07-26-2019, 12:37 AM   #2
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Is there a hex socket on the top?
If not try to degrease the ball and the knuckle hole to increase drag.
Another solution is to use a different nut without the synthetic ring to torque the ball in and then to replace the nut.

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Old 07-26-2019, 12:50 AM   #3
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If the joint is not worn, many times itís because the exposed threads get rusted and distorted. I had to run a die to clean up threads before reinstalling.

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You can also use an Allen wrench to hold it from spinning while tightening nut with a combination wrench to get it started.
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Thanks I will use some brake parts cleaner or whatever I can find and try to clean out that grease.
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Old 07-26-2019, 08:18 AM   #5
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Unfortunately the Allen slot is stripped due to all the rust. It stripped completely on the way out. The die is a great idea and when I get home I will combine that with cleaning out the grease in the bottom. Another thought was to file the top of the allen with a horizontal line to fit a flathead screwdriver instead of an allen. Either way I definitely need to use a die.
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Thinking filing a slot is your only way out. Or...time to upgrade!
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Old 07-26-2019, 09:49 AM
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Thinking filing a slot is your only way out. Or...time to upgrade!
lol agreed. An upgrade is on the list among other things.

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