So........ LCA is now hanging down again only connected to the knuckle by the ball joint. I tried pulling the hub towards me as you suggest. In reality it only moves up and down as per normal direction of travel, not out towards me per se. This straightens the CV axle which would seem to do nothing to help create some extension to allow the shaft to be driven backwards and out. I gave it a few taps with the hammer and only minor movement. Next step would be to try the air hammer again.Ok. So if you pull the hub towards you about 2-3” then you should be able to drive it out.
The inner spline of the drive shaft essentially floats inside the front differential as the hub articulates up and down.
If I jack the knuckle up a couple of inches would that replicate the "pulling out" you describe?
Its odd. Living in Toronto would not be suprised if damn thing was rusted in there solid. However, so far it has moved 1/4", so it seems it wants to come out.