leave a nut on the thread when you start thumping with a hammer, that way you can recover the mis-use of Tools scenario
You need a bigger hammer and larger arm muscles.
Or a ball joint splitter. Remember that if you split the rubber badly, it will fail the MOT. And as mentioned, put a nut on loosely when hitting so if you slip, you don't damage the thread.
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No damage done to the rubber - I gave up before I started trying to lever anything.
Cheers guys. This is about the meatiest mechanical job I've done (did similar changing the hubs and brakes on my mk2, but the strut stayed on that). Haven't lost any gearbox oil either
hit the part of the strut/hub that the ball joint goes through right next to it and the track rod usually pops out, if it still doesn't move try putting a bar to lever against the steering rod and again take a hammer to the hub/strut, or if you have a splitter try putting grease on the prongs to stop it ripping the rubber ball joint cover. hope one of these works next time for you.
You ain't hitting it in the right place or with a big enough hammer - if you shock it properly it will pop straight off...
On the plus side, it takes lots of practice with plenty of hammers to get them off easily - keep trying buddy, but lock that hammer away for the next time you have to hang a picture....
I especially liked the rubber mallet