95 Cougar Front sway bar links
I'm back to pick your brains. My kid and I replaced the rear sway bar links last Saturday. No problem. Tonight we tried to do the front sway bar links. Had to give it up and put it back together.
I got the top of the link loose from the rotor area, but the bottom would not come free. I was hitting it with a hammer and long punch. It just flat would not budge. Since the car is driveable, I elected to put it back together before it turned into a fiasco.
So, what's the trick? It appears that the mounting stud is swelled in the center to press into the hole it mounts in. I have seen mention of using ball joint tools, but don't own one, and don't even know if that's what I need.
Do I need a special tool? Or just a hammer, punch, and persaverance? Also, if I do get it off, how do I press the new one into the hole securely?
Thanks in advance!