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CV joint replacement

CV joints are popping and need to be replaced. I can't free the lower ball joint from the axle housing assembly so it can be swung aside to allow removal and replacement of the CV half shafts. What tool is needed to free the lower control arm ball joint? Thanks for your help.

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    does a hub kit bearing come with the half axle?

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Generally no tool is required. If you use a "pickle fork" you will risk damaging the dust boot.

Have you tried whacking the spindle right near where the ball joint stud comes through? This will take a few good shots to break it loose.

Be careful not to hit the threads!

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