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My truck is so rusted that I couldn't unconnect the lower control arm so I had to cut the ball joint out and the place were u connect the ball joint is now brittle what do I do

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SOURCE: Right lower ball joint. Torn loose

If you torn the ball joint out, you very well could have more damage.
If you plan on doing the work yourself, I would put the car up on stands, and take the front wheel off, and do a through examination of the whole assembly.
Once you have a complete assesement of all of the damage you can go to your local parts house and get the parts.
If you have to replace the lower arm, you will need probably need some specialized tools (like a spring compressor).
After you're done changing parts, you will need to get a front end alignment.

Posted on Jul 27, 2008

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Generally no tool is required. If you use a "pickle fork" you will risk damaging the dust boot.

Have you tried whacking the spindle right near where the ball joint stud comes through? This will take a few good shots to break it loose.

Be careful not to hit the threads!

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SOURCE: bad left lower ball joint 2004 nissan quest

most of these ball joints can be installed by themselves however since the control arm are so light it is unsafe just to do the balljoints still in order to replace the control arm you dont need to compress any springs just take it apart and put a new one in.

Posted on Nov 19, 2008

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SOURCE: Replacing Ball Joints on 2001 Mazda B2500 (upper and lower)

its easier to get the whole control arm and the lower one has to be pressed in. it is not and easy job if you dont have the right tools checkout rockauto.com to look at the replacement parts and to get a price on them

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SOURCE: Ball Joint connecting lower control arm and spindle 99 Grand Prix

Take a grinder or torch and cut the nut off.

Posted on May 13, 2009

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