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How do I remove upper ball joint on a 1998 Dodge Stratus?

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Remove the nut. Then use a hammer and hit the spindle where the ball joint goes threw it. It will release with few few good whacks. Then you need a ball joint removal kit to R&R the ball joint. You can rent these at parts stores with a deposit. (You get your money back). Check them with the parts guy first. If something is missing or broken when you take it back, they can make you pay. With the kit, you need tools to use with it. Breaker bar and a socket that will fit the bolt in the kit.

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U gotta need a speacial tools ball joint remover its free to rent at autozone.

Posted on Apr 23, 2015

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joints. Lower ball joints can be replaced by pressing old
out and new in using a large socket to match circumference
of the ball joint.

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