How do you guys separate the balljoint without using a sledg
Hey guys, I finally found the high speed front end vibration I've been having, after replacing the axles, hubs, tie rod ends, and ball joints (which were not the problem). One of my $15 made in China rotors had a warped HAT from the dealer overtorquing the wheels. This caused 1/4" runout when I had the car jacked up and spun the tires in drive!!! However, because I am STUPID I installed one new CV axle and one junkyard axle when I thought CV'* might be the problem. Well guess what, the supposedly 39k mile junkyard CV axle binds when you turn the wheel to that side (right side). I JUST got the car aligned AGAIN today, 2nd time in a couple weeks, and I made sure that the alignment is dead nuts on, I was yelling at the tech the whole time to get it right. I have to separate the lower balljoint from the knuckle AGAIN to take the CV axle out and reinstall the original one. I have been using a big pipe against the control arm and a sledge to separate the arm. What are you guys using that is less violent? I really do not want to jar the alignment, this car never ever holds an alignment to my very discriminating satisfaction, so I'd like to enjoy the current one while it lasts. I'm afraid to use a pickle fork tie rod/ball joint tool out of fear of splitting the grease boot.