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Diagram on how to replace a lower ball joint on 91 dodge grand caravan

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Best place to find the diagram you need, plus a lot of additional useful information is by registering for free at autozone.com The registration gives you access to dozens of free manuals which are very helpful.

Note that I am not affiliated with autozone, but pass this along as useful information. In addition, I would not recommend haeing repairs done by autozone as I don't think all their mechanics are ASE certified.

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  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Raise and safely support the vehicle with jackstands.
  3. Remove the front wheel and tire assembly.
  4. Unfasten the retaining bolts, then remove the ball joint heat shield.
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