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Old 05-23-2017, 04:20 PM   #1
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Ball Joints!!!!

For the life of me, I can't get the dang wheel knuckle to drop off of the ball joints on my POS Mercury Mountaineer. I've tried beating on it with a sledge hammer, soaking in penetrating oil, etc. I need another solution. Anyone ever deal with this? I was thinking maybe a pickle fork? Any suggestions would be very appreciated, the ball joints are shot and I'd like to knock this out on the long weekend.

Additional info: I don't own air tools, and it's a 2008 model.
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Pickle forks work but the cheap ones bend easy so if it's really stuck it will probably just spread the fork apart. I had put my truck on jack stands and use the jack to put pressure on the ball joint while I used a pickle fork and sledge.
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Pickle forks work but the cheap ones bend easy so if it's really stuck it will probably just spread the fork apart. I had put my truck on jack stands and use the jack to put pressure on the ball joint while I used a pickle fork and sledge.
Put the weight of the vehicle on the A frame and a heavy hammer to the ball joint.

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Try one of these...

http://www.homedepot.com/p/GearWrenc...B&gclsrc=aw.ds
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You can also just replace the whole control arm and be done with it. I've done that in the past on light duty vehicles since if you are replacing ball joints the other bushings are probably on the way out too, just do the whole deal at once. Once you drop the two bolts on the arm you should have enough room to portapower or fork or use a jack to pop that SOB out..

Or if you are mad, heat pickle fork like someone else said and BFH.
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