Having done it with and without a ball joint separator, I prefer the ball joint separator route. It's effortless when you use the OTC one.i never knew this was an issue. the one ive owned for years, and even before i bought my mazda6 worked just fine when i had to do mine.
I was pretty surprised too. I wanted something better than the harbor freight one and with the reviews on amazon, I gave it a try.I'm surprised that one fit. I also have that one and the jaw gap was not big enough.
Like I said, much less effort. I had one that was stubborn and it required mapp gas and lots of beating to remove. This tool = less body aches the next day. And for 40 dollars, I was quite happy with this purchase.Lol i used a hammer and beat them out. But you have to put a nut on there so you dont hit the threads and screw them up