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dons12

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I have 94 Navajo. I am trying to get the lower ball joint out. Everything on it is pretty much rusted together. I broke the lower ball joint off flush trying to remove the nut on it. Right now I am pounding the crap out of it using a punch and can not get the ball joint out.Been soaking it with pb last 4 days.
 



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I used a harbor freight ball joint c-tool/press and my harbor freight electric impact gun. You can probably rent the tool at Schucks or Autozone for around a $100, you get the money back when you return the tool.
 






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Head over to autozone,checkers,kragens,orielies etc.. and borrow/rent the ball joint press. It looks like a big c-clamp.

I tried to knock out our ball joints with a 3lbs sledge and it wouldn't come out. And this is an AZ vehicle (no rust). I used the ball joint press thing and it popped right out..

~Mark
 












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The problem is that I can't get the knuckle off because of the lower ball joint I am beating on the ball joint with a 2lb sledge and a punch trying to get it free. The upper is free.
 






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Got you Don, penetrating oil and persistince. Careful to not beat the head out to where you can't get it through the hole. I'd get a solid nut on there and beat on that if I were you if you're going to beat on the shaft. Get a larger hammer if you have to, seems like 2lbs is pretty small. Lots of beer and some anger can help, course stuff starts breaking to : )
 






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Already broke my ABS sensor. Can't get my big sledge hammer in there.
 






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Are you hitting the remains of the balljoint from the top of the lower knuckle or from the bottom?
 






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You DID already remove the c-clip, right?
 






dons12

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Finally got the knuckle off. The lower ball joint stayed on the car. Got a ball joint splitter to get it off. My son came over for father's day and we had a good ole time beating it with sledge hammer.
 






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