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    Default 1997 Chevy K1500 Pick Up lower ball joint question

    I have removed the upper ball joint and rotor. I have disconnected the tie rod from spindle and removed axel nut and pulled drive axel out of spindle and removed spindle. I have removed castle nut from lower ball joint stud. I believe the ball joint is original factory bj. While trying to press out the bj it would not come out but did bend my $100 astro pneumatic C clamp so now it won't press straight. I am trying to press the bj out by pressing upwards to remove. Does any one know if this is the correct direction? A couple people said I was supposed to press out by pressing bj downward. Also are there any other clips to remove or anything holding bj in. I was thinking at this point I might put a platform under the lower control arm with a receiving tube around bj stud and between lower control arm and platform and go at it with a 5# sledge till it pops into the tube. Help,/.;m,'/;/.!please send advice or dynamite. thanks

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    The lower ball joint needs to be pressed down out of the control arm.

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    Hey thanks for the advice. Appreciate it. I'll try that today.

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