How to Use a Pickle Fork to Remove the Upper & Lower Ball Joints

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Use a pickle fork to remove the upper and lower ball joints by knocking them loose; learn how from our expert custom-car mechanic in this free auto-remodeling video.

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Mark has a shorter, fatter pickle fork and he's going to knock these ball joints loose, upper and lower. You saw the car come up there a little bit once the tension was released. The reason they need to be bashed apart like it is they are taper fit. They are tapered into the spindle so you can see there on the bottom ball joint, it's exposed now. They're tapered as they go into the spindle and so there's a little friction there.

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