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Replacing upper ball joint (2001 Silverado 1500)

I am replacing the upper ball joint on my 01 Silverado and I need some advice. I have replaced ball joints on older model chevys but this one looks different so I wanted to be sure before I start on it. Will the new ball joint have to be pressed in? Or is it possible to drive it out after I remove the nut and retaining clip? Also can it be replaced without removing the upper control arm? Any help or advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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    i need to replace the lower ball joint and upper arm on my 2000 chevy silverado 1500 series pickup. Do i need to press in the ball joint? or can i just replce and drive pickup with no problems later?. Also the pickup is making a squeaking sound when i put it in reverse could it be the u-joints?

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Try autozone for a diagram and assistance and you can also rent the tools needed for the job

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http://www.autozone.com/autozone/parts/1999-Chevrolet-Silverado-1500-4WD/Ball-Joint-Upper/_/N-jdwjeZ8oxkv

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