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I'm trying to replace the idler arm and having a hard time seperating the ball joint. i'm using a pickle fork and a air chisel with a pickle fork in it ant ideas thanks lou

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Whack the edge of the eye a couple of good times, then pickle for the ****out of it. Hold the impact tight against the joint, don't let it bouce.

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Make sure the jack is under the A arm and not on the frame. You could buy or borrow a ball joint seperator tool from a parts store. Or try placing a brass drift or a socket on the steering knuckle and hit it with a hammer while prying the joint apart with the pickle fork (two people). As for the idler arm you should use the special puller made for removing it.

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