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I would like to know the easiest way to remove the ball joint from the lower control arm. The upper portion that is bolted to the unibody is free, but after removing the dust cap from the arm connected to the hub assembly. The inside is all rusted and appears as though it may need to be removed with a die grinder. Thanks in advance.

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Hi Tipar,
Unfortunately there is really no easy way to remove the lower ball joint from the lower control arm. you must use a ball joint press tool that can be rented at autozone. and a large machinists vise.
Normally you can order the lower control arm with a new ball joint already installed however,if you still
want to replace the ball joint itself you have to remove the lower control arm to press the ball joint in.
Don't forget to remove the retainer clip with a flat screwdriver before you attempt to press out the ball joint. Good luck. Send me a message if you have any other problems.

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Leaving the nut loose so that when it pops parts don't fly use a fork pry bar designed to "pop" ball joints. If this does not work soar overnight with penitration oil and have someone apply pressure while you heat the control arm where the ball joint sits. The expansion of the metal will help with removal but it must be heated faster than the heat soak into the joint or they will expand at the same rate.

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