9.Looking down on the knuckle, rotate the spindle clockwise. This will put the knuckle against the steering stops so you can break the ball joint nuts loose. Only loosen; do not remove the ball joint nuts until you've preloaded the spring. Smacking the knuckle with a 5-pound beater (large hammer) will break the ball joint free from its seated position. You can tell by watching the gap that was made between the knuckle and ball joint from loosening the nut. When it breaks free, it closes the gap from the spring tension.