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I need to replace the upper and lower ball joints. My Haynes manual says to take the control arms to a mechanic to have the old ball joints taken out. How can I do it myself

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Well i am a hands on mechanic, on that truck they are either pressed in, riveted in, or a snap ring. set up wood blocks and beat them out and in, cut rivets with torches, or get parts and take to the local garage or auto shop w/machine shop and have them press in and out. If you pull tires and block trk with jack stands and look at what ya got i am sure you will engineer a plan of attack and be able to solve the solution. Just be safe and don't get pissed. Large hammers solve alot of things, torches are a almost must for all those stubborn bolts and rivets. Happy wrenching to ya !!!

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