I needed to split the ball joint and swing the hub out the way when I put a new driveshaft on mine last week.
Sent from cold, windy place.
2004 Multispace Desire HDi - "Bertie"
I was replacing the n/s drive shaft and, as a matter of course, the oil seal. I suppose it depends on how much "play" you have in the suspension.
Let us know how you get on,
Ex 1.4 Berlingo Multispace
Unfortunately, a previous owner has almost completey rounded out the allen hole. I can get enough purchase to turn it but I dont fancy my chances of doing it up tight again afterwards. A new link is only £6, so I shall order one and postpone til next weekend.
A similarly hamfisted person (possibly same one) has rounded out a torx bolt on the rear seat hinges so my other plan to remove the larger rear seat has also been seen off. Doh!
When you fit the drop link, you don't normally need to use the allen key to tighten, only to remove them.
I don't think they are made for removal and refit, so for what they cost you may as well just stick a new one on as they are prone to wear anyway.
I think as well as the allen key, you can get a spanner on the other side by pushing the rubber back and locking a spanner in. It knackers the rubber but won't matter if you are replacing it.
There's usually room to get a hacksaw or a thin cutting disc behind the joint and cut through the bolt. It's easier and they are cheap enough to be disposable.
So where does this bit go then ?