I said separate the hub/bearing from the knuckle not separate the bearing from the hub. I need to get the hub/bearing assembly out of the knuckle because it blocks the ball joint from coming outY do u need to separate the hub and bearing to take out the lower ball joint?
So a 36mm socket would work? Tried using four longer bolts in place of the stock ones and beating on them evenly. That did not work at all. I'm going to try this. Is this a safe way for to separate the hub from the knuckle? I would prefer not to damage the wheel bearingsI replaced my Ody's lower ball joints last month and, yes, the wheel bearing assembly sits about 1mm over the ball joint. You have to remove the bearing to remove the ball joint. The good news is you don't need a press to remove the bearing. I removed the 4, 12mm bolts. Then, I placed a 36mm socket (you'll need this 36mm socket to remove the axle nut anyway) on the opposite side of the bearing and hammered it a few times to get it out. Not too hard at all. I take it your ball joint is shot already so, once you remove the bearing, you can hammer at the b-joint to get it out. I found a nice trick to get the new b-joint installed is to freeze it. I put mine in the freezer for a couple of hours, put a dab of grease around it and it went into place fairly simple.