So, I spent the better part of the afternoon trying to remove the stock coil spring (driver side). I already have removed the stock spring and put in my new Hotchkis spring on the other side, so I figured that this side would go similarly. So of course it isn't. Got to the point where I said screw it to using the compressor (I can't come in from the top as the threaded rod is too large, and the inner fender is in the way, anyway; and going from the bottom requires me to use a pickle fork as a plate and I can only use the top hooks, as the rod does not have enough height to use the bottom hooks), and decided just to lower the control arm down slowly with the jack to decompress it. Except the control arm stopped (the ball joint shaft end is about even with the spindle now - it's already split, and you can move the spindle around, so it is still loose) and the jack still had plenty of travel downwards to go. The spring has managed to keep itself compressed...despite nothing holding it in place. Any idea what the hell I should do now? I did make sure to loosen the lower control arm bolts slightly, though maybe they need to be loosened more? Thoughts? What is keeping the lower control arm stuck up, despite a compressed spring and a disconnected ball joint?