3rd Gear Poster
Join Date: May 2003
Location: College Station, TX
yes, you aboslutely HAVE to remove the bolt from the spindle completely...it fits into that little groove in the new ball joint's spindle to prevent it from slipping out, even if you don't tighten the bolt down enough to compress the knuckle all the way.
what i had to do was use my tire tool as a prybar....i put it in between the top of the knuckle and the bottom of the upper control arm to get leverage, then beat the ever-loving S**T out of the bottom of the control arm/tire tool while applying upward pressure on the tire tool, until the spindle came free from the knuckle.
a side note, it's a good idea to tie the spindle that the knuckle is a part of to the spring so that when it comes loose, the spindle doesn't flop around.