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    The separator tool is referred to by us old schoolers as a "pickle fork".
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    Just went ahead and bought the pickle fork anyway for the future when/if I have to do this again; only 10$. So tomorrow I will be doing this in the morning and will be getting an alignment later.



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    Quote Originally Posted by dsfloyd View Post
    ball joint seperator is one way the other is to use a sledge hammer and hit the side of the knuckle where the ball joint rod goes through. Usually a few whacks and it pops out.
    A combination of these techniques works for the really stubborn ball joints or tie rods.
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    Well I got them changed out. All I have to do is tighten 12 lug nuts and spend more money for an alignment. Did have a stubborn ball joint on the passenger side; would not tighten down. If I turned the nut, the threads would spin inside of the joint...took a few minutes of head scratching to figure that out as the truck had all the weight on the ball joint. So about 10 wacks on each side of the control arm with a maul and it was good as gold. Took a lunch break to eat some steak and gravy. Kinda anxious to see how it rides now.

    Thanks for all yalls help gents

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    Glad to here that the removal and replacement went well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Heater View Post
    The separator tool is referred to by us old schoolers as a "pickle fork".
    lol, that is what I call it. But, if you go to autozone and ask for a pickle fork most of the guys there would look at you like you did not know what you were talking about. You should have seen their faces when I was looking for a 1 1/4" Crows foot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pikey View Post
    lol, that is what I call it. But, if you go to autozone and ask for a pickle fork most of the guys there would look at you like you did not know what you were talking about. You should have seen their faces when I was looking for a 1 1/4" Crows foot.
    A what? lol

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    Oooohhhhhhhhh

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    Good to hear you got it swapped out.
    I went to Ace hardware (I know not exactly the mecca of tools) and asked for a 15/16 crow foot and got the same response. They had some hanging on a hook so I showed him what I was talking about they just didn't have the size I needed.





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