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Am replacing ball joint - is it spring loaded etc.

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NO the spring is on the strut the only tension you will havt to deal with is when trying to pull down on the lower A arm to remove ball joint stud from the steering knuckle. the front sway bar goes in the underside of the A arm and this causes upward tension on the A arm.

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