7. If this procedure doesn't work for you, then you will need to pick up or borrow a pickle fork to separate the components. Before trying to remove the ball joints, make sure to have a jack placed under the lower control arm. The springs are under a considerable amount of pressure and can fly out when you pop the ball joint. Again, a few good hammer blows to the side of the spindle should send a healthy shock wave through the part to free the ball joint.