Got the bolt out and split the top ball joint. I need to modify the extractor by a few mm to get on the bottom joint. Thanks for all the info, Thanks for the offer of bj boots I may well take you up on it.Hey-
I was replacing the entire strut when I was doing mine...With it out of the way, this allows the bottom arm to sag ( they sometimes arent as "loose' as all that but it isnt held being my point) There is no compression on the strut with car off it wheels - the opposite infact.
Looks like you need to play around with a jack, applying pressure carefully under the hub, until you understand how it is all loaded..then gently drive the bolt out with a drift...Refitting it is the same process when the time comes..Use of a podger bar with the jack ( if necessary) will help you get it located again.
As Zep has suggested, I think you might benefit from undoing the top ball joint via the two screws and may save you having to split that one in situ...?
Releasing the upper joint removes all tension/compression forces from the equation...
This is why I say do the boots if you're in there...and the steering arm gaiters if they look tired !
Ive got a few bj boots. Give me a shout if you find you are in need....