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Re: special tool for ball joint?
That sleeve is split and can easily be peeled inwards with a chisel, after soaking it with penetrating oil. Be carefully not to damage the threadds on the knuckle.
A new ball joint will come with a new threaded sleeve.
You should use a proper or modified socket to properly torque the sleeve on re-assembly. You can easily modify a socket with a disk grinder to give it the four prongs needed to torque the sleeve on reassembly. I couldn't find the proper socket locally, so I used a metric deep socket I never use.