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Hi all, i need to replace a front upper balljoint on my wj. Has anyone managed to replace one of these without a press? Dont really want to buy a press kit if i can help it. Wondered if it might be possible to hammer out the old one. Then put the new balljoint in the freezer for a day and heat the knuckle with a blow torch and hope they slot together when heated/cooled. Have seen this done with other things but not a balljoint.

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Hi all, i need to replace a front upper balljoint on my wj. Has anyone managed to replace one of these without a press? Dont really want to buy a press kit if i can help it. Wondered if it might be possible to hammer out the old one. Then put the new balljoint in the freezer for a day and heat the knuckle with a blow torch and hope they slot together when heated/cooled. Have seen this done with other things but not a balljoint.
Autozone, Advanced Auto, and O'Reilly all have a free loaner program where you can borrow a ball joint press. You put a payment on them when you take them and then get it back when you return.

Because of that I've never seen or done a ball joint without one. I've seen it done on axle bearings, but not ball joints.
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