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Hi, trying to replace an upper ball joint on a 2005 Dodge Stratus The ball joint is a press in but is there a snap ring..... holding it into the control arm? I can't get this thing to budge.

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Very often when working with press in ball joints you have to heat them up with a torch get them to around 750 degrees or more and then beat the snap ring out literly with a small chisel (punch).

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