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I serviced my CV joints on my '99 Passport using the procedure outlined on the 4x4 Wire and everything went along smoothly until I got to the left wheel.

The *&$#^*&@#$ upper ball joint will not separate from the spindle no matter what I do! In the process of trying to remove it I gave the boot a teeny little tear. I gave up and serviced the CV boots and joints by removing the lower ball joint and working that way.

A day later I see the dreaded bead of grease around the upper ball joint boot and I know that it has to be changed. I have to repack my wheel bearings this weekend so I'm going to be in there again so I want to ask for opinions on how to get that $ucker off!

I have a pickle fork and it will not work. Someone suggested that I jam the fork in there after I raise the the control arms all the way up with a jack stand under the lower arm. Then I should lower the arms by jacking up the car until the fork pops the ball joint apart. The idea is that the torsion bar will do the work for me.

I figure that heating it with a torch probably will not work because of the tapered shaft design. Am I wrong to think that? I haven't tried that yet because I figure it will work against me.

I have whacked it gently for a long time and hard a few times on the side of the spindle, I have pried and pried, but no luck! :( :(
 

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Disregard!!!

I guess I was being a little chicken about giving it a good old whack wih my sledge.

I didn't like the idea of having my ABS speed sensor right there and smashing it if I missed. I bit the bullet, proverbially closed my eyes and SWUNG and CLANG the little sucker was sitting on the castle nut.

I was in disbelief after the hour I spent "whacking" away at it a few days ago.

Thanks anyway!
 
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