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As with anything you do on the undercarage of autos, be sure to use jackstands and work on level ground. The castlenut needs to be backed off to free the lower part of the balljoint, and then you have to get the stem out of the seat of the nuckle. Most people use a "pickle fork" type tool that straddles the stem of the balljoint, and it is driven in to "pop" out the stem from the nuckle. This tool is like a wedge. This will most likely ruin the balljoint, as it will probally tear the rubber boot, but you said its already bad anyway. If you need to take the joint apart for some reason and not ruin it, what most pros do, is hammer on the nuckle sideways. Believe it or not a few good wacks on the nuckle will usually dislodge the stem from the nuckle with no damage to the stem. If the ball joints are of the rivited in type, you will have to use a grinder to take off the heads of the rivits. Be careful not to grind into the "A" arm. Then you can drill out the remaining rivits. Sometimes you can drive out the remaining rivit pieces with a hammer and punch, but usually it takes the drill method. The new balljoints will bolt in where the old rivits were.

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