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Jeep Wrangler Ball Joint Removal

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5. Once the axleshafts have been pulled clear of the housing, you can yank the cotter pins out of the ball joint castle nuts and gun the nuts off with an impact. At this point, the outer knuckles may need a little convincing to part ways with the ball joints, but tapping the ears of the knuckles with a hammer is usually all it takes to shock ’em loose.