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Replacing front ball-joint without proper tools...

I can't afford the separator kit or the press to take out a ball-joint on my 2000 Taurus with struts on the front driver side.

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Sorry but that only leave taking your repair job to a mechanic. Not advisable to try and do this without the correct tools.

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