Okay guys so this thread is coming off my other thread about the broken track bar on a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee. I bought a brand new track bar and have been taking off the previous track bar but I am on the last step of taking it off which is taking the ball joint out of the frame on the drivers side. The nut has been taken off of it but the ball wont come out, tried hammering it and twisting it out. Does anyone have any suggestion's on how to take it out?
Is there an alternative to hammering it out or taking off the bracket?
As has been said, picklefork or proper balljoint separator. The former is fine when you're planning to replace the joint and so you're not worried about damaging the boot, the latter is necessary when you want to separate the joint *without* damaging the boot.
I tried the pickle fork with very little success on mine ($10 at Harbor Freight). When I got the fork, I also thought I would try the tie rod ball joint remover ($16-$20, also at Harbor Freight), and it worked like a charm. The FSM even says that it is the correct tool for that job, and I have to agree with them on this one. I tensioned the hell out of it with the tool, then tapped the end of the tool with a hammer (not the recommended method, but...) and the joint exploded apart. Scared the hell out of me. But the joint was apart.
There's never time to do it right, but there's always time to do it over.