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Cant get lower ball joint seperated

I can not get the lower ball joint seperated from the spindle the ball joint puller thing is not think enough to get it totally off. Anyone have any ideas of what to do.

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Try it at different angles. Some angles work better than others and put more width on it. Other than that, there's only a few more options. It's not a good idea to bang on the spindle.

If you're not reusing the ball joint, you can bang up on the stud and see if you can hammer it out. Kind of hard to get much force upward, but put the pickle fork wedged in there as far as you can to put tension on it, then bang upward on the ball joint stud with a good sized hammer. I did that on one side.

If you are reusing it, thread the nut back on it most of the way and bang up on the nut. You may break it loose.
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Spray some lube in it and thread the nut upside down and if you can hammer on the end of the nut do that. You can also just keep working hte pickle fork or else just bang on the spindle itself right next to the ball joint stud. Either way it will eventually come loose. Just sometimes it seems to take a long long time.
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BFH=Big F***ing Hammer.




Just kidding the other guys have good ideas for ya.
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i just hit the spindle w/ a 5 lb. maul, worked great every time
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i just hit the spindle w/ a 5 lb. maul, worked great every time

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excuuuuusee me! lol, j/j, but it did work. it worked when i went from factory to lift, then from lift to factory.....didnt kow it wasnt advised, but it did work
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The spindles are cast -- very bad idea to hammer on cast materials, Bob -- whether it works or not, lol!
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Hows the difficulty of the install so far Roach? rate from 1-10? are you doing it by urself?
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Well I had to quit last night because it got dark. I had/have no idea what I am doing so I really cant rate it. Couldnt work on it today because I got lasik eye surgery. I would say 7 but if you know what your doing 3. I will let ya'll know how it goes! Thanks for the ideas.
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andy you can get a pic of it I cant remeber the edge suspension how it looks for some reason and i could probly get ya through it
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If you are reusing it, thread the nut back on it most of the way and bang up on the nut. You may break it loose.
what john sayed right here is my normal methiod
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I am not going to be reusing the spindle most likely I will get a picture tommorow morning when it is light out side!
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use a 5lb sledge. especially if you arent reusing the spindle. I just put my spindles back on today and used a 5 lb sledge. Only took me an hour to swap out both spindles its really easy.
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I am not going to be reusing the spindle most likely I will get a picture tommorow morning when it is light out side!
well i wont see it I will be in indy tomarrow LOL
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