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I was driving down I - 5 and the left rear ball joint broke and now I have to fix it and need to know if when I replace it if it needs to be pressed on or can I just do it there?

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  • ldjqmoss Mar 10, 2009

    Thank You for the help

  • josh1111 May 11, 2010

    is it upper or lower, i think the lowers need a press and not the upper, dont take my word for it only.

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It is a press in style.....sorry. But, if you can get to Schuck's you can rent their ball joint tool....could possibly do it there!

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