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Lower ball joint replacement 2003 GMC Sierra 2WD

I need to replace the lower ball joints. The new joints have a 4 bolt design. The OEM joint has a similar design, but it is not bolts, looks more like big pressed rivits. Any suggestions for getting the old ball joints out?

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  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    got vibration under truck i peplaced universal joints and tires uper and lower ball joints

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    The new lower replacement ball joints look to have 3 bolts to attach. But the factory installed ones look to be riveted on, what is the best way to remove these?

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You have to drill them out, it can be a real pain to.

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  6. Remove the cotter pin (1) from the ball joint (3).
  7. Remove the nut (4) from the ball joint (3).

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  9. Remove the ball joint from the steering knuckle using the J 43828 .

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  11. Remove the lower control arm front (1) and rear (4) mounting bolts.
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  1. Install the ball joint (4) into the control arm (2).
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  4. Install the lower control arm (2) to the front suspension support (1)
  5. Notice: Refer to Fastener Notice in the Preface section.
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