Originally Posted by 2003Ranger
With the tie rods a hammer should work just fine. As for the ball joints I don't think just a hammer will work you might need a tuning fork to help pry them out. If you can get a hold of a ball joint press that would be the easiest way to go about it
Actually you only need a ball joint press for taking the ball joint out of the control arm not for removing it from the spindle.
But in reply here, pickle forks work well but they do tear up the boot of the tie rod ends and ball joints usually so i find it pointless using them on reuseable parts. If you take the tie rod end nut off spin it back on upside down flush with the threads and whack the top of it if you must or else you can just hit the spindle in the same spot. As for the ball joint you want to loosen the nut all the way to the top of the ball joint because there is deadly spring pressure if you just take the ball joint nut off and hammer it. Loosen the nut to the top and beat the part of the spindle where the ball joint goes in. Remember WD-40 is your friend.