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I took my new Cougar Cat to the alignment shop. They said only thing bad was my upper ball joints. So I purched them. Thought i could easily replace . but youtube video i found says i have to remove the shocks and the upper control arm. Is this right.
 

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No, it is easier than that if you are just replacing the ball joints. Just jack the car. The shock will retain the upper arm and spring. Remove the nut from the upper ball joint. Use a pickle fork to separate the upper ball joint from the spindle. Replace the ball joint.

Things to know:
1. The rivets are very hard. They must be drilled out carefully to preserve the integrity of the upper arm.
2. The upper arms are normally cracked next to the rivet holes. If this is the case you need to replace the entire upper arm.
3. If you arm is not cracked, which would be a minor miracle, then you can bolt the new ball joint in place. Your life now depends on those bolts. Make dang sure they are tight.
 
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