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Old 08-16-2009
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upper ball joint help!!!!!!

alright so my balljoint project is at a stop i took the nut off the nuckle which looks like it kept it tight, the bolt wont come out though..idk if it's suposed to or not,but i cant get the upper ball joint separated from the nuckle i'm using a pickle fork and a bfh

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Soak it in some WD-40? Then hit it with the BFH
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do i need to jack the side i'm working on up so the lca is level with the ground?
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oh nd its soaking in pb blaster as we speak
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do not jack the truck up by the lower control arm, lift it by the frame or center cross member so the suspension hangs relaxed. that bolt has to come out before the ball joint stud will pop out of the knuckle. PB blast or some heat with a torch assisted by a hammer should get that bolt out. plan on replacing that bolt when youre done. some replacement balljoints/ upper control arms come with them anyways.
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yeah it did, how do i separate the axle and the knuckle? i tried a 2x4 and a hammer
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Remove the bolt completely (if you didn't already), spray it with something, and use a big hammer on swinging upward on the upper control arm. Like Patrick said, you'll be replacing it anyway.
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