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Lower ball joint stuck

Tried to remove and replace the passenger side lower on 99 4X4. I hammered and hammered and it wouldn't budge. I used a pickle fork with a sledge to no avail. Even tried to lower it with a jack stand under the bolt. I had a ball joint press to press in the new one but couldn't get that far. Anyone have this problem before?
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Tried using any heat?
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Heat. make it red then use your pickle fork.
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Heat. make it red then use your pickle fork.
That's the only way mine would come apart.
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Haven't tried that but I will. Is there a preferred sequence when doing a upper and lower ball joint?
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Whichever one pops out the easiest!


I tend to do the upper first, only because they are stupid simple to do and dont require tearing apart more then just a couple bolts on the side and pulling the entire assembly out!
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Heating it did the trick. Should have thought of that, duhhh. Thanks for the tip. I'll try to remember, heat=loosen.
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Just to give anyone else a glimmer of hope in case you don't have a torch and the other tricks above didn't work, penetrant for 20 minutes and a 36-inch crowbar worked for me! No replacement for good old leverage.
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