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How do i change the ball joints on a 1997 chevy astro van? i need direction, diagrms, just anything that can help me

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Get the van jacked up and on a stand or blocking so that the wheel is clear of the ground. With the wheel off it may be easier to do with the brake caliper removed, two Allen bolts from the inside. If you take it off make sure you hang it up with a piece of wire or rope, don't let it hang from the brake hose. Look on the inside of the spindle and where it connects to the A arms you will see a large nut. This nut has to come off first. Once the nut is off you need to separate the spindle from the A arm. The prefered choice is a "pickle fork" from your auto parts store. Youwedge it between the A arm and the spindle and give it a few belts with a good hammer until the joint pops apart. If you don't have a pickle fork I have had reasonable success with a crow bar. It takes a few more whacks and can be hard on the knuckles if you aren't careful, but it works. In an extreme you can hit the spindle directly where it connects to the ball joint but you risk doing damage to other parts as well as the spindle itself. After you break the joint then undo the 3 bolts holding the ball joint on and throw it away. If it is riveted on you will have to cut or grind them off, a mini grinder does a fine job at this. Put it together in reverse of what you did. Make sure that you tighten the large nut that holds the spindle very tight, pretty much when you can't turn the wrench any more it's probably tight enough, but not before.. Only do one ball joint at a time, and you should probably get the front end lined up when you are finished.

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