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Upper ball joint broke off of socket on 97 chevy s10 pickup

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Its not too difficult if you can get the broken piece out of the spindle. It is a friction fit and normally a wedge shaped tool called a pickle fork is used to separate the ball joint and spindle.
If you're game to have a go at it, jack the truck up and block it, you will need the jack to put under the lower control arm after you take the wheel off. Remove the caliper and hang it up with a piece of wire or rope so it doesn't hang on the brake hose. With the wheel off you will need to remove the nut on the bottom of the ball joint where it passes through the spindle. Check it first for a cotter pin, some have it some don't.Soak it good with penetrating fluid, not WD-40, before you start. If the piece starts to turn before you get the nut off, you'll have to cut it off with a mini grinder.Drive the broken piece out of the spindle, it has to go up because it is tapered, you can't push it out the bottom.
The rest of the ball joint should be attached to the upper control arm by 3 rivets. Just grind the heads off them, drive them out and the ball joint will come off. The new one will probably come with bolts to replace those rivets, but check the box when you buy it and make sure you have some. Pop the new joint into the control arm, it'll only fit one way and fasten it down. Jack the spindle up to the ball joint, fit it together and start the nut. Snug it up and lower the jack. Now tighten the nut. If you are using a 3/8 ratchet when your arm wont turn the nut any more install the cotter pin and you should be good. It would be a good idea to get the alignment checked after you do this. Hope this helps.

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