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How do you remove a lower ball joint from the control arm in a 1990 Ford Thunderbird?


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2015-07-15 19:20:51
2015-07-15 19:20:51

Hey Tina==sometimes you need a special tool to separate the ball joint. Check with your parts store as sometimes they have them for rent. Goodluck, Joe


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