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Having trouble separating worn ball joint on lower control arm of 1999 4WD Z71 GMC Sierra. Have tried several size pickel forks, however the prongs of the pickel fork keep hitting the steering knuckle so I can't get the pickel fork on all the way separate the ball joint from the steering knuckel. I priced a ball joint separter made for this vehicle from GM and it costs over $500. Got any suggestions?

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Have someone use a big prybar between the a-frame and the car frame while you smack the side of the ball joint with a hammer. This always works for me.

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Try this,using a heavy hammer,strike the spindle where the stud of the ball joint goes in the spindle,not the ball joint,and not the control arm,strike it with force,hard,and do it all the way around where the stud goes in the spindle,not just one spot.You can also use a air hammer with a flat end punch in the air hammer.The objective is to jar the ball joint from the spindle,just do not hit the ball joint,or control arm,it will not do it any good.If this was at all helpful,please rate,thank you.

Posted on Sep 04, 2010

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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/villagerquest/ Ball Joint Removal
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