The safest way si to take the knuckle to a shop were they can press it out. They should only charge about $10.00 to $20.00. They can push out the old and push in the new. Just about any local mechanic shop will have a press. Good Luck!!
If you heat the ball joint, be aware that it can explode. Had it happen, and got lucky, no one was seriously hurt. (even luckier, since the guy who took the hit was the EMS out of all of us). Second, if you heat the ball joint or the steel around it, under NO circumstances should you pour water on it. You may substantially change the crystalline structure of the steel, rendering it brittle. Allow it to cool on its own.
dont worry... I was in your shoes last friday..... I planned on replacing both sides upper and lower ball joints..... well I replaced all my ball joints lower and upper on both sides both wheel bearings and axle seals......definitly not a fun job..... and yes the ball joints were the hardest part...... I feel your pain man
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