Taking off radius rod ball joint! Any ideas?
So my front crossmember is bent, also my lower arm bushings were destroyed. So I bought new parts I'm in the process of removing the entire front crossmember assembly including the radius rods and lower arms on both sides.
I took off the lower arms using ratchet trick.
However, this ball joint from the radius rod wouldn't even budge.
I hammered the side many times, tried ratchet trick or pry bars nothing seem working.
Do I really need to go get the ball joint presser or removal tool?
And how do I put this back on? Would just tighting the rad rod nut enough? or do I need the presser?
So right now, my lower arm is off and the spindle is just kinda hanging by axle and upper control arms. However, I fnished replacing the bushings on the lower arms, should I put it back on first then take the radius rod off?
Idk what I'm doing here...