how do i replace ball joint

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Asked by Aug 05, 2015 at 07:50 PM about the 2006 Chrysler 300 C

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

lower ball joint will not break free from steering knuckle. is there a special tool required to
separate them?

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You can loan them at autozone ball joint press

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Or smack it with a hammer but you don't want to break anything

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A regular ball joint press will not work. I bent the tube and the ball joint didn't even move

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Pickle fork.

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Have that too. Still no luck. I'm currently banging it with a 3 lb sledge hammer but this thing isn't budging

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I62Ksx81E6k

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Frt-WfMB-NA

Don't know if either of those will help. Best of luck.

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Saw this earlier. May resort to that if I can't figure it out. It's dark now so I'll have to attack it again tomorrow

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Just one thing. I only watched less than a minute of those, to make sure it is the right car. But please, please, they ought to be ashamed with their legs under the cars with crappy-ass jack stands the the car could fall off balance with so much as a guy leaning on it to see what you are doing. It's actually a good jack-stand in the second one but the placement needs to be under frame or chassis. Lecture over.

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Spray some PB Blaster around ball joint and let soak a little before trying to remove and you need to put a jack stand or something solid under the control arm near the ball joint before hitting with hammer so that it will not bounce when hitting it needs a good solid support.

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