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    E39 Tension Strut Replacement

    I need to replace the left tension strut, I am going to replace the front left rear control arm at the same time. I have the parts but the problem I am running into is separating the ball joint from the steering knuckle without causing the bushing to come out as well.

    I have tried a three finger press and found that the one I have isn't big enough, a pickle fork doesn't work either. I am in need of a 31 2 240 special tool. I found one online for about $160 which is kind of steep for a tool I will probably use once or twice.

    Does anyone have one I can borrow or rent for a reasonable fee? I need to get this done because I am afraid the strut will break one of these days, and that would be bad.

    Dave

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    Dave
    This is the one I have and works great. Another friend is borrowing it right now but after he is done I am willing to let you use it.
    Or for $50 you can get one.
    https://www.ecstuning.com/b-schwaben...958sch01a~sch/


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    I ended up buying one from ECS tuning and hopefully will be doing the work this sunday. As long as the weather holds anyway.

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    Excellent and hope it goes smoothly.
    It will be interesting to see if any neighbors ask about or report “gun shots” when you do it. Ha!


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    RIP: 2003 540iA Sport GS56111
    H&R front springs, Ultimate Cup Holder, Euro Dash & Armrest, Grom, BavSound Stage1

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