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I have an 02 1500 2wd. I am trying to replace the lower ball joints and was told by many sources that these are the pressed in type. I took it to a shop to have it pressed in and the guy told me it is the rivit type.
It has 4 rivits on it that are in a square pattern (side by side, each bolt equidistant from each other). Someone suggested that it might be an 01 carry over, but I looked at the coputer at orileys and the one for the 01 shows a different pattern. Should I ignore the rivits and try to have this pressed in? Could it be that the guy didn't know what he was talking about, or is there another ball joint for the 02 that I am unaware of such as a mid year change or something?
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Right. leave the rivets alone. Use a chisel to cut off the locking tabs on the BJ cap and then pry the cap off exposing the top of the BJ. Get some snap pliers and take off the snap ring and go from there.