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    Question How to replace lower ball joints?

    Hi I was planning on replacing my lower ball joints so I would like to know how to replace them. I have a 1998 silverado K1500 Z71. I just want to know step by step. Thanks for the help

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    Do you have hand tools or air tools?

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    Jcloud- If you don't mind I think this would be a great post to make in the How-To section once you are done. Take pictures as you go along and post a thread with how things went. I think it would help a lot of people in the future wanting to do the very same thing.

    I've no help to offer you but hopefully you'll have have a good enough response here to get you through it!
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    Its kind of hard to sit here and explain everything on replacing your balljoints. But here is a couple of websites to get you started, that I have used in the past. I agree with springthing, take some pics and do a little write up, it can help others in the future. Good luck, it's not as hard as you might think.

    How to Replace the Ball Joints in a Chevy Truck | eHow.com

    How to replace a ball joint in a truck | Video Wonder How To
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    The first step is to buy a Haynes or Chilton's repair manual. Step by step detailed instructions. You'll find yourself using it in the future for every problem you encounter. Might be just me but if I'm doing all this work, I'd replace both upper and lower. Good news is there's nothing complicated about it. Just hard work.

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    Alright I will try to get some pics up and step by step. But I hear that upper ball joints are a pain in the butt on my model vehicle (98) but I may go ahead and replace them. But the shop where I took it to said I just needed lower so I don't know. And my friend does have a chilton and we have the same model truck and the steps to do the lower ball joints didn't have the right process it seemed like

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    from expirience i can tell you the first thing you need to do is determine if the old ones have
    nut & bolts holding them on, or if they are pressed on at factory with industrial rivet pins...
    i had one side was bolted and other had pins, and to get the pins out you have to drill thru the middle
    of them and punch em out with a chisle.... i ended up spending 4 hours and burning up the motor
    on an electric angle grinder to get em off !!
    was very frustrating ( pissed off ) but once i got em out then the new ones bolt right into the hole thats left.

    if you do the lowers you should replace the uppers; just cause you dont see wear & tear doesnt mean that
    it isnt already weak and waiting to break due to new and more powerful forces from the new one next to it...
    if its an independent front suspension 4wd i would check out the drive shafts while you got it apart....
    :fighting0037:
    when in doubt, doubletap !

    - buying a new truck, one part at a time :grrrrrr:
    94 Blazer 4x4 k1500 5.7 L - aftermarket cold air intake
    Energy Suspension swaybar & upper and lower control arm bushings
    Pro Comp ES 9000 front shocks, new front drive axles,
    stainless front brake rotors & new pads,
    new Moog front end ball joints, Smittybilt black nerf bar steps,
    MB Racing rims & Hankook ATm off road tires

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