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Old 01-12-2005, 01:29 AM
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Rent/borrow a spring compressor?

I need to replace the ball joints on my 87 300DT. I have no interest in trying to do it with anything but a legitimate compressor. Any ideas or resources out there? Otherwise it is pay the 500 bones.


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Old 01-12-2005, 03:11 AM
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I sent you an email.
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Old 01-12-2005, 07:37 AM
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Autozone loans spring compressors with a refundable deposit.
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Old 01-12-2005, 07:44 AM
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You don't really need a spring compressor. You need the ball joint extraction tool, or take the spindle(s) to a shop and have them R&R the ball joints for you. That's what I had to do.

You'll need to compressor if you are going to replace the lower control arm bushing, i.e. replace it.


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