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Ball joint replacement

Hey all. I am needing to replace the front ball joints. I'm not a certified mechanic, but I am very mechanically inclined. I do all the work myself and love to learn. My issue is that my spring compressor doesn't work with these springs and not sure how to keep the springs from flying out when I take the suspension apart. I have a ball joint press and want to learn. What can I do to change the ball joints without harm from the spring?

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No need to remove the spring. While the car's on jackstands, use a floor jack to support the control arm from underneath as you undo the spindle and change the ball-joint.

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+1. The only time a spring compressor is needed is when the strut top cap itself needs to be disassembled say during front shock replacement.

Rent the best ball joint press that you can. Inspect it carefully before leaving the store with it. Look for bent or pulled screw threads. Be sure to grease the forcing screw.

I got so tired of some of the junk tools they had for rent that I broke down and bought my own. You can bet that I don't use an impact gun on the tool that I own.

Also remember to eat your Wheaties before using a ball joint press.

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