Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Aurora, CO
Chapter: West Coast
Drives: 1997 Mercury Sable LS
Rep Power: 20
After researching the OTC 7248 ball joint press appears to be the industry standard. This tool has a lot of good feedback see amazon.com for examples regardless where its made.
The problem with your local retail automotive stores is they will sell you anything regardless if it works or not, regardless if its the right kit. I've seen very few exceptions. For example, before replacing the strut I asked the sales associate if I need a spring compressor to Remove/Replace the strut. He said he didn't know because he never replaced a strut. I'm ALWAYS taking a risk if I have to rely on their knowledge base, which in a lot of cases very narrow and limited. This appears to be getting worse.
In a nutshell because of his answer he does not have the general knowledge base what is really needed to make this task complete. Therefore the probably of getting the incorrect tool could be very high.
As far as my OTC 7248 tool because it is a specialty tool I'm willing to share this with my colleagues and neighbors. Its a tool I highly recommend.
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