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Lower Balljoint Help!!

ok so i was looking in the haynes book and they said that you CANNOT change the factory lower ball joints in a ranger, yet i went to auto zone and can buy the factory lower ball joints. so my question is, do i have to change the whole lower control arm to get new ball joints or can i change the factory ones?
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anyone?
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Yes, you can change just the ball joints.
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yes you can. it can be a pain tho... just remember to bring a big hammer
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yes you can. it can be a pain tho... just remember to bring a big hammer
ok. thanks guys. i have lots of big hammers with me being a GM tech and my dad being a machinist. i was just confused cause you can buy the ball joints but it says you have to change the whole control arm and i didnt know wtf to do lol
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I'm pretty sure you can't. You have to replace the arms, but then next time you can replace the ball joint in the replacement arm.
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I'm pretty sure you can't. You have to replace the arms, but then next time you can replace the ball joint in the replacement arm.
then why can i buy factory replacement ball joints for the factory lower arms?
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has anyone ACTUALLY changed the factory lower ball joints in a factory lower arm?
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oops ignore what I said. Somehow I missed "lower" in the thread title! I was thinking uppers... lowers you can replace separately for sure!
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has anyone ACTUALLY changed the factory lower ball joints in a factory lower arm?
Yes, I have.
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lowers can be changed, uppers you need to change the arm the first time

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alright. thanks for all the help. now i just have to get the motivation to tear apart the front ened once again and do it lol
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