do you need special tools for replacing lower ball joint

Asked by Sep 11, 2007 at 08:06 PM about the 1999 Ford Ranger XLT Extended Cab 4WD SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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Typically you do need what is called a "pickle fork" for separating lower ball joints from where they are mounted. These run about $10-20. Other specialty tools may include a drill (if the ball joints are riveted in) and a hammer as well as the standard wrenches and etc.

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it should just come out with a big hammer or a press, i'e replaced mine a few times and it wasnt hard

To me, it looks like there is a lip on the lower b-joint that rests on the a-frame, and a metal retaining clip that fits on the underside of the a-frame to keep it in place. If this is true, then basically all I would have to do is remove the nut from the topside and the retaining clip from the backside....and with a hammer, pop them out. Seems pretty straightforward?!? Any suprises?

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