99 Elantra Drive Axle Question

Hello Everyone,
    Well I attempted today to try to replace my drive axles and ran into a problem with the lower ball joint. I had thought that I
could use the tie-rod separator tool on the lower ball joint as well. It turns out that I can not get enough room to put the separator into the ball joint. The factory manual calls for tool 09568-34000 which is similar to 09568-31000, which is the tie rod separator. Is the 34000 separator something that is longer and thinner than the tie rod separator? I want to make sure that I need a separate tool for the ball joint or if I am doing something wrong.
Thanks in advance, Nick
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not sure if it is the same as 1994 excel but I remove the two bolts from the lower wishbone assy and remove the hub with the ball joint still attached to the bracket.
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I usually use a very large hammer and just keep whacking the knuckle when separating this ball joint.
I don't take the ball joint loose when I can avoid it, however, because it really is a large pain in the arse. It's difficult to get the hammer in. I usually unbolt the knuckle from the strut and take the tie rod end loose, and then pull out the top of the knuckle, freeing the axle for removal.
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