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How difficult is changing the upper ball joints on a Astro Van? I do have a modest mechanical knowledge and ability.

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Its not extremely hard. you will need a Pickle-Fork (Ball joint Seperator) Some ball joints are bolted in and some are Ring-Clamped in.

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