Ball Joint Separator
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AutoCraft Ball Joint Separator

Part No. AC566 Warranty Details  
Designed to slide easily between ball joint and steering knuckle

Product Features:
  • Tapered wedge with 15/16" opening
  • Tempered carbon steel
  • Lifetime warranty
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Carrying Case Included:No
Operation Type:Designed to Slide Easily Between Ball Joint and Steering Knuckle
Tool Manufacturer:DAP

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AutoCraftBall Joint Separator
 
3.7

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good grip (7)
  • Durable (4)
  • Lightweight (4)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Good power output (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home (7)
  • Automotive repair shop (5)
  • Minor repairs (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Auto enthusiast (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Auto enthusiast (4), Casual driver (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The only tool that finally worked

I tried several other tools and used this tool (and a little heat) as a last resort. It popped the ball joint out in a snap.

I tried several other tools and used this tool (and a little heat) as a last resort. It popped the ball joint out in a snap.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

trash

broke on the first use . it was replaced with no hassle ,but even cheap chinese tools should stand up better

broke on the first use . it was replaced with no hassle ,but even cheap chinese tools should stand up better

Reviewed by 12 customers

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3.0

ball joint job

By 

from fillmore, ny

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Price

Cons

  • Not As Durable As I Expec

Best Uses

    Comments about AutoCraft Ball Joint Separator:

    mushroomed after just a few hits with a hammer

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    Good tool for good price

    By 

    from Midland, TX

    About Me Avid Diy

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    3 or more reviews submitted

    Pros

    • Good Grip
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Automotive Repair Shop
      • Home

      Comments about AutoCraft Ball Joint Separator:

      Worked perfectly for knocking my ball joints and outer tie rods loose. Worked so well my 10 year old daughter can use it. Also makes a nice little pry bar. Better price than the ones at harbor freight.

      (6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Works great

      By 

      from Sellersville, PA

      About Me Auto Enthusiast, Driveway mechanic

      Verified Buyer
      Helpful Reviewer

      Pros

      • Good Grip
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • End Flaring Out

      Best Uses

      • Ball Joints

      Comments about AutoCraft Ball Joint Separator:

      The length gives you good leverage and ability to hit. The end is starting to flare out used it for 2 ball joints and 2 tie rod ends. Glad it has a lifetime warranty.

      (5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      weak product

      By 

      from picayune ms

      About Me Auto Enthusiast, Casual Driver

      Verified Buyer
      Helpful Reviewer

      Pros

      • None

      Cons

      • Flimsy

      Best Uses

      • None

      Comments about AutoCraft Ball Joint Separator:

      Tool snapped on first balljoint. Returned to store and the second tool snapped in the same spot.

      (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      great tool

      By 

      from shreveport,la.

      About Me Casual Driver, Mechanic

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      Verified Buyer
      3 or more reviews submitted

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Good Grip
      • Lightweight
      • Powerful
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Regular Maintenance

        Comments about AutoCraft Ball Joint Separator:

        great tool

        (6 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Did the job

        By 

        from St. Louis, MO

        About Me DIY

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        Verified Buyer
        Helpful Reviewer

        Pros

        • Cheap
        • Worked

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Automotive Repair Shop

          Comments about AutoCraft Ball Joint Separator:

          Wasn't fancy, but did the job of separating the upper ball joint on my Ford F-150. It took a beating, but the joint came apart with this tool.

          (7 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Useful in so many ways

          By 

          from Milwaukee

          About Me Diyer Experienced

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          Verified Buyer
          3 or more reviews submitted

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Good Grip
          • Powerful
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Automotive Repair Shop
            • Home

            Comments about AutoCraft Ball Joint Separator:

            Useful for ball joints but a great separator for all kinds of mechanical jobs.

            (11 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            pickle fork/ ball joint tool

            By 

            from Rockwood Tennessee

            About Me Auto Enthusiast, Casual Driver, Truck Enthusiast

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            Verified Buyer
            Helpful Reviewer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Good Grip
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Automotive Repair Shop
              • Home
              • Minor Repairs

              Comments about AutoCraft Ball Joint Separator:

              the pickle fork work just as I expected no problems

              (14 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Inexpensive function

              By 

              from KC

              About Me Auto Enthusiast

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              Verified Buyer
              3 or more reviews submitted

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Good Grip
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Minor Repairs

                Comments about AutoCraft Ball Joint Separator:

                Worked well for removing control arm ball joints and tie rod ends on late model BMW.

                (70 of 119 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                The only tool that finally worked

                By 

                from Buffalo, NY

                About Me Auto Enthusiast, Competitive Driver

                Pros

                • Worked as promised

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Automotive Repair Shop
                  • Home

                  Comments about AutoCraft Ball Joint Separator:

                  I tried several other tools and used this tool (and a little heat) as a last resort. It popped the ball joint out in a snap.

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                  4 Questions | 4 Answers
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                  • Q:

                    How do you use this? just pound it in between the joint and frame?
                    Asked on 8/14/2013 by Dave from White Lake, MI

                    1 answer

                    • CUSTOMER CARE

                      A:

                      Instructions: 1. Set the parking brake and chock the rear wheels. Place a floor jack under the front frame rail on the side of the vehicle where the ball joint is to be removed. Loosen the wheel lugs on the wheel one turn with a lug wrench. Raise the floor jack. Place a jack stand under the frame rail. Finish removing the wheel lugs and the wheel. 2. Remove the cotter pin from the castle nut on the underside of the ball joint to be removed with pliers. Remove the castle nut in a counterclockwise direction with a socket and breaker bar. 3. Insert the tapered open end of the upper arm of a four-way ball joint separator in between the ball joint and the suspension control arm at the ball joint stud. 4. Operate the lower arm of the separator. Remove the center bolt at the pivot point of the separator and move the lower arm to the next hole in the tool if the gap between the ends of the two arms is too far apart for the adjustment screw to operate. Replace the center bolt. Note that the ends of the upper and lower arms of separator should be in close proximity together. 5. Turn the adjustment screw on the upper arm of the separator until it comes into contact with the lower arm. Continue turning the nut with a wrench in a clockwise direction until the ball joint separates from the suspension control arm. 6. Loosen the adjustment screw and slide the separator away from the ball joint to remove it. For any further assistance, please feel free to call us at: 1-877-238-2623 or visit the nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our Parts Pros will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                      Answered on 8/15/2013 by Steve from AAP
                  • Q:

                    Will this separator tool work on a 98 Subaru Legacy ball joint b/c the ball joint is relatively small and this fork has a 15/16" opening? Seems like the other fork offered for tie-rod end joints w/ 21/32" opening might be a better fit/choice.
                    Asked on 4/27/2013 by wildbill from Morgantown, WV

                    1 answer

                    • CUSTOMER CARE

                      A:

                      The Autocraft Ball Joint Separator (Part No. AC566/W1206P) is universal and not a vehicle specific. For further assistance, please feel free to call us at 1-877-238-2623 or visit your nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our representatives would be more than happy to assist you.

                      Answered on 4/28/2013 by Morgan from AAP
                  • Q:

                    WIL THIS WORK ON 95 FORD F250?
                    Asked on 1/3/2013 by LU

                    1 answer

                    • CUSTOMER CARE

                      A:

                      The Autocraft Ball Joint Separator (Part No. AC566/W1206P) is universal and not a vehicle specific. For further assistance, please feel free to call us at 1-877-238-2623 or visit your nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our representatives would be more than happy to assist you.

                      Answered on 1/3/2013 by Steve from AAP
                  • Q:

                    Hi. Will this tool remove the ball joints on a 1998 ford f150 pick up truck. 4x2.
                    Asked on 6/16/2011 by David

                    1 answer

                    • CUSTOMER CARE

                      A:

                      Yes, it can be used as the tool to remove the ball joints in your vehicle.

                      Answered on 6/17/2011 by DIY Daniel from AAP
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