Help, front control arm removal!

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Trying to remove the front control arms to install Energy bushings. I cant get the ball joint end of the arm separated from the knuckle. I was banging on the end of the ball joint bolt, but it is starting to deform, so I think I need to stop that. Trying to whack the arm, close to the ball joint, but no luck. I thought about using a tuning fork, but I'm concerned about damaging the ball joint rubber boot. Any suggestions?

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Hit it right here. Even better if you can put upward pressure on the ball joint at the time with a ball joint separator but just try hitting the knuckle first to see where that gets you.

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I've just used a brass hammer on the ball joint. Pickle fork might get the boot, but you can probably find one in a Lisle blister-pack at the auto parts store. Try it.
 
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Thanks for the suggestions. I bit the bullet and ordered this ball joint separator. Supposed to be here tomorrow.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I bit the bullet and ordered this ball joint separator. Supposed to be here tomorrow.
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I can confirm that tool makes light work of separating the joint.
 

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I just did this to install the Ford Performance Front Control Arm kit. I didn't want to throw $200 at the "204-592 Lower Arm Ball Joint Separator" tool recommended in the install instructions.

I did a lot of searching and found this CTA Tools 5450 Ball Joint Separator for $65 (although it looks like the price has gone up slightly since then).

I'm not sure how it compares to the $200 version, but it worked great for me. I will note that I had to take the hex nut off the bolt to get it to fit. To keep the separator from slipping off the ball joint, I threaded the ball joint nut on backwards to allow the separator to "grab" better.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I bit the bullet and ordered this ball joint separator. Supposed to be here tomorrow.
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When you have sufficient torque on the ball end,hit the end of the ball joint bolt head with a 2 pound hammer, pops right out without damaging the ball joint. Good Luck
 

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I just did this to install the Ford Performance Front Control Arm kit. I didn't want to throw $200 at the "204-592 Lower Arm Ball Joint Separator" tool recommended in the install instructions.

I did a lot of searching and found this CTA Tools 5450 Ball Joint Separator for $65 (although it looks like the price has gone up slightly since then).

I'm not sure how it compares to the $200 version, but it worked great for me. I will note that I had to take the hex nut off the bolt to get it to fit. To keep the separator from slipping off the ball joint, I threaded the ball joint nut on backwards to allow the separator to "grab" better.

Hell yeah nice find!! Looks identical to my $200 tool that I’ve used all of 3 times now!
 

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When you have sufficient torque on the ball end,hit the end of the ball joint bolt head with a 2 pound hammer, pops right out without damaging the ball joint. Good Luck
That’s the ticket, just get some clamping force on it and give it a whack
 

 
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