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Removal of lower ball joint

Need to remove lower ball joint from a 1997 ford crown victoria do i need a tool and if yes does it come out upwards or down

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Yes it is safer to use a bal joint press . and it goes downward.

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Yes you do need a tool. any auto zone has this tool. the ball joint comes out the opposite side from the threaded end

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