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Both upper and lower ball joints need replaced

Need to know if they are press in ball joints, and the truck is 4wd so do i have to pull the axles on both sides

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No you do not have to remove the axles give these websites atry and if all fails stop by your local library and get your hands on a Haynes auto repair manual for your truck wish you the best of luck Michigan Man.

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Do you mean the track control arms ?? or the big ball things on the axle

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