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It it hard to change the ball joints yourself?

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Doing this job requires a special tool set called a ball joint press, u also need a good 2 ton floor jack and a wide assortment of hand tools and a good dead blow hammer, the ball joint press alone can cost $75-200 and the others tools are not cheap either, if u have never done any work like this it can be very dangerous if u don't have the right tools, so this is not a job for most do it yourself mech's One note u must also disable the air suspension system or u can blow the air bags out.

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