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How do you replace the lower ball joints on a 1998 Ford F150 4-wheel drive truck?


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2015-07-16 18:25:47
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To get a really good, complete and picture-by-picture description of how to do this, buy a $20 Haynes repair book available at any auto store. This will tell how to do it, when you should do it, what tools you will need, what to replace along with it, etc. A VERY good investment!


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