I'm in the process of replacing the balljoints in my Mini's front suspension, got to the lower one on the passenger side and managed to remove most of the parts only to encounter something unexpected- the joint seat (the one with the spring behind) is stuck fast inside the hub and I'm all out of ideas on how to extricate it. I've no idea how it even became stuck as the one on the opposite side came out with no difficulty. None of the pliers I have can get a good grip on it, using a shortened Allen key as a hook through the hole doesn't get it to budge either. Some pictures below:
Unlike the other three joints, this one seems to be original to the car as the cover is a lot larger than the rest. Here it is next to a normal-sized cover for comparison, along with the aforementioned key.
Any ideas would be much appreciated!