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need help asap

okay well im trying to replace my lower balljoints today. its a 2000 ranger 4x4 i cant get the the lower out of the control arm. i have the ball joint press. if you guys got any tips or anything let me know asap.
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Had the same problem with my 97. I eventually gave up after hours of wacking and paid $486 to get all my joints replaced. I figured out why they charge so much to replace them.
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okay well i got it done and ended up needing to buy tierods too. but now the trucks rides alot better.
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ALIGNMENT!!!!!!

no seriously, with changing your tie rod ends, even if you were careful to make sure they are the same distance, i would get an alignment to make sure it is still well aligned...

heat and a BFH will get most tie rod ends or ball joints out
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Yeah they take a lot of BFH....Get an alignment ASAP.
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yeah i am within the next week or too just waiting on my body lift to get here and then im pickin up some 33's then im takin it to get an alignment.
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no reason to wait for the 33's... the tires aren't going to make a difference in the alignment... and it will keep a few mis-aligned miles, off of your new tires...
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yeah but i figured when i di the body lift im going to probably do the outer tie rod on the other side just to make sure its not going to go bad. and my tires are basically shot anyway not really worring about it. itll be done soon enough.
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makes sense, i would just hate to see you drive, even for 3 or 4 days, on your new tires
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yeah understood but since i work alll week when i do the body lift it'll be on a weekend and then as soon as im done ill be takin her into the shop to get an alingment
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