Can I lend a little support to the "big hammer brigade". Yes, guilty, I always part ball joints with a hammer. However, I use two and hold the bigger one against the opposite side of the joint to the one I hit to act as an inertia member. Hit it hard and you only need to hit it once.
If the joint can be pre-tensioned with a puller the hammer is that much more effective.
Last edited by Alan Robertson; 08-26-2002 at 01:39 PM.